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 ‘A Better World’


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 2: Zero Hunger 
This goal is about making sure that everyone is provided with enough food, that families everywhere, never go hungry.

Goal 4: Quality Education
This goal is about making sure that all children have the chance to go to school and receive an education, making sure that people everywhere are given the opportunity to learn.

Goal 13: Climate Action 
This goal is about making sure we spread awareness about climate change, it’s about discussing what can be done to tackle this issue so we can all live in a better world.

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 ‘A Better World’, with a focus on the developing world context.