Sustainable Development Goals Northern Ireland

UN Sustainable Development Goals roundtable discussion: How can the SDGs support voluntary and community organisations’ work? – 18th April 2019

Location: NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

Date: 18th April 2019 (10:00am – 12:00pm)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call for action on ending poverty, protecting our planet and ensuring all people can enjoy peace and prosperity. All UN member state governments, including our own have signed up to these goals. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs have recently carried out a mapping exercise to highlight how the Programme for Government Outcomes Delivery Plan 2018/19 aligns with the SDGs.

While the Irish government has forged ahead by producing an SDG Implementation Plan, similar progress has not been made in the UK. In Northern Ireland the SDGs are being overlooked in government policy and regional priority setting.

NICVA and The NI Environment Link are hosting a roundtable discussion to consider this important policy agenda. This session will aim to:

  • increase understanding and awareness about the SDGs within the NI voluntary and community sector
  • gain a better understanding of how the community and voluntary sector are contributing to the delivery of the Goals
  • Find out about what progress has been made in Ireland and other parts of the UK
  • Consider how the voluntary sector can hold government to account on their commitment to deliver the Goals

For background reading, see the report of the UK Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into the UK progress on delivering the UN SDGs.


Jonathan Bell from Northern Ireland Environment Link. NIEL has just completed a two-year project aiming to raise awareness and understanding of the SDGs in NI.

Michael Ewing from Environment Pillar, was involved in establishing Coalition 2030, an alliance of over 60 civil society organisations working together to ensure Ireland keeps its promise to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both at home and abroad.

NI Women’s European Platform, NIWEP are a network of women’s organisations that works for gender equality in NI through maximising the impact of women’s voices within and in the use of international mechanisms including the Sustainable Development Goals.

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