The United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development

193 countries of the United Nations, including Ireland, are working together to create a better world and a better future for us all by 2030, through the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which were agreed in September 2015, with Ireland taking a leading role in negotiations. These Goals which build on the achievements of the previous UN Millennium Development Goals, seek to bring about a better future for children everywhere and for future generations.

The theme for the 2019 Awards is 'Leave No One Behind'

This year’s theme is linked to the UN Global Goals and can help pupils to imagine how their world might look like in 2030, learning how all countries have agreed to work together to create a better world and a better future.

Having used the classroom materials in your project pack and on the website to help pupils understand the Goals and the work of Irish Aid in its 8 partner countries, choose the topic under the Award theme which most interests your pupils.

The following are just some of the Goals you might focus on; your project can be about sustainable development generally and relate to several Goals, or you might do something specifically related to any one of the 17 Global Goals.

Goal 4: Quality education
This goal is about making sure that all girls and boys have the chance to go to school, and making sure that all people, no matter what age they are, are given opportunities and supported to learn.

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
This goal is about making sure that everyone, regardless of where they are in the world, has access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy sources.

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
This goal is about the producing and consuming only the goods and services that we need.

Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals
This goal is about governments working together for a better world and a better future.


Whatever the chosen topic, it is important to ensure that the project addresses the theme ‘Leave No One Behind’, with a focus on the developing world context.