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12 leaders’ organizations chosen to contribute and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton T.D. announced the first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Champions. ECO-UNESCO was one of the twelve appointed organisations across all aspects of society to drive forward Ireland’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals at the Ploughing Championships in Fenagh, Co. Carlow.
The chosen champions are organisations who are leading by example in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. They will raise public awareness of the Goals and illustrate practical ways in which organisations and individuals can contribute to achieving the Goals.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious set of targets, covering the social, economic and environmental requirements for a sustainable future. ECO-UNESCO promote the SDGs through a range of programmes aligning their work to the goals. They encourage and support young people to carry out local environmental action projects, building environmental knowledge and leadership skills.
Climate Action and Sustainability were the key focus for the Government at the National Ploughing Championships this year. Minister Bruton led a discussion on the recently published All of Government Climate Action Plan.
ECO-UNESCO is an environmental education and youth organisation. Through our programmes we engage, educate, inspire and empower young people to act on environmental issues of concern to them. We channel the passion and energy of young people in positive solutions-focused action. Where our young people want to get involved in protest we encourage you to keep safe and only get involved in a non-violent activity.
they're taking climate action.
A big thank you also to CASA charity shop on Capel Street for providing the clothing for our SDG photobooth, which allowed attendees to dress up as their
favourite SDGs! See the photo gallery here.
We've had three action-packed weeks, travelling around Ireland to see all of the environmental action projects that were submitted for
the Young Envrionmentalist Awards 2019.
Get the full run-down from all seven regional events at our dedicated #YEA19 website.
On the week of April 7th 2019, five ECO-UNESCO youth delegates from the Youth for Sustainable Development Programme
got the chance to travel to NYC to act as Irish Youth Delegates at the United Nations. Get the full story here.
When not having their voices heard on very important issues, the young people had fun exploring!
Check out the photo gallery below.
Five ECO-UNESCO youth participants will be attending the United Nations Economic and Social Forum in New York on the 8th and 9th April.
The young people, aged between 16 and 18 years of age, are all involved in ECO-UNESCO’s Youth for Sustainable Development programme,
a peer education initiative that builds awareness and capacity in young people around the sustainable development goals and have ongoing involvement
in raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals and environmental activism at both a local and global level.
The young delegates will present a report, ‘SDGs Through the Lens of a Child’, a joint report by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs
and the UCD Geary Institute, at the event. The Report was launched by Minister Zappone on Monday 25th March where she formally presented it to the Irish young people.
The young people will be highlighting the range of issues in the sustainable development goals including climate action, child poverty, youth empowerment and youth participation.
The young people are seeking for youth voices to be recognised in policy making and to have their say on the fulfilment the Sustainable Development Goals.
Muireann Spillane (17), one of the delegates spoke at the launch of the report on March 25th. Spillane also emphasised the importance of young people
working in partnership with governmental policy. She stated:
“Youth organizations, in partnerships, need to be not just consulted, but be part of the decision-making process
from the beginning to the end of our transition to a world free of poverty and environmental degradation.”
ECO-UNESCO’s National Director Elaine Nevin stated:
“ECO-UNESCO encourages young people to be active citizens and this is an amazing opportunity for our young participants to contribute
their voices towards the attainment of the sustainable development goals. It is vital that young people continue to have their say on their own
future and we hope to continue to be able to offer opportunities such as this through our organization.”
Speaking on the opportunity, Professor Walsh UCD Geary Institute and Senior Advisor to the UN SDSN. said:
“Youth voices are a formal part of UN meeting and Ireland needs to consider how to incorporate youth voices into our institutions.”
The delegation will spend two days at the forum where they will be addressed by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations and
Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, amongst others.
Attendance the ECOSOC Youth Forum is a collaboration between ECO-UNESCO and UCD Geary Institute supported by the
Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Irish Environmental Network.