The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of universally-applicable goals and targets, negotiated and agreed by the world’s 193 countries which were formally adopted by the UN in September 2015. They are aimed at eradicating poverty, addressing environmental degradation and climate change, and building a more peaceful, fair and sustainable world. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets will succeed the Millennium Development Goals, which expire at the end of 2015. The SDGs cover such diverse areas as agriculture, education, gender equality, health, justice, employment and environmental degradation. These issues particularly impact on young people with those under 24 years of age constituting nearly 40% of the world’s population. Of these approximately 238 million young people live in extreme poverty—that is, they live on less than $1 a day; with 462 million young people surviving on less than $2 a day.
Ireland and Kenya were appointed to lead the negotiations towards the final agreement at the September World Summit. While Ireland is playing a key role at international level, it is important to ensure implementation of the SDGs domestically. Young people are seen to be the ‘torch bearers’ and having a central role to play in their successful implementation. Therefore NYCI is proposing that the next Government make an explicit reference to the global Sustainable Development Goals as the overarching framework for decision-making in Ireland. This also requires that we develop an ambitious national plan of action to monitor and implement the Goals and Indicators contained in the Sustainable Development Goals that can inspire the rest of the world and position Ireland as a global leader in innovation, equality and green growth.
Ireland’s first UN Youth Delegates depart for global summit
NYCI Video on Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030