The Global Goals

The Global Goals

The Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are a universal call to action to make the world a fairer, healthier and more prosperous place for everyone, everywhere.

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In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to seventeen goals to be achieved by 2030. They map out a fifteen year plan to tackle poverty and inequality and to protect our planet from climate change, leaving no-one behind.

These goals offer an inclusive agenda to make our world work better for everyone. They offer a framework that can help us tackle everything from malnutrition in the world’s poorest countries to issues like homelessness and growing economic inequalities in Ireland.

Our shared responsibility

Each goal sets clear targets for all countries to achieve and each comes with guidelines and indicators to help us measure progress. Our governments have signed up to the task, and it’s our shared responsibility to make sure they stick to their commitment.

Ireland's role

Ireland played a pivotal role in making the Global Goals happen. Our UN Ambassador, David Donoghue, facilitated the final negotiations between governments, a role he shared with Kenya’s UN Ambassador, Macharia Kamau. Together, they helped to ensure that all 193 member states of the United Nations made the extraordinary commitment to end poverty and inequality and to tackle climate change head on.

But Ireland's role does not end there. As a country, we must live up to our own commitment and make sure that the Global Goals do not slip down the government's agenda. After all, without sustained effort, there's no guarantee that the Goals will be achieved – the Global Goals scorecard developed by Development Progress shows us just how much needs to be done, and how essential early action is. 

Coalition 2030 is an alliance of civil society organisations committed to and working towards upholding Ireland’s commitment to achieving the SDGs. Over 100 organisations are working together to ensure that the government delivers on its promises.

But as individuals, we can’t leave it up to others. We all have a role to play. 

How you can help

You don’t have to be an experienced activist to make a difference. If you want to get active on the Global Goals, why not join Project Us, our movement for change in Ireland which visited Galway and Dublin in 2017 and continues onto Cork, Limerick, Belfast and Waterford before landing back in Dublin in 2018.


You can also check out our guide to 'Everyday activism' for beginners. 

And if you need more tips, the UN have put together ‘The Lazy Person’s guide to Saving the World’ which contains small, simple actions you can take that can make a big impact.