Published on Thursday31stJanuary2019

Minister Bruton Opens Call for Sustainable Development Goal Champions

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Pictured are Environment Minister Richard Bruton, Iseult Ward CEO FoodCloud and Aoibheann O'Brien, CEO FoodCloud Hubs
Iain White - Fennell Photography.

Environment Minister Richard Bruton today called for interested partiSDG Champions will be organisations or individuals who are leading by example in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. They will be examples of best practice and will inspire others to contribute in whatever way they can to Ireland’s attainment of the Goals.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious set of targets, covering the social, economic and environmental requirements for a sustainable future. They cover policy areas such as poverty eradication, economic development, protection of the environment, access to health and education services, gender equality, peaceful societies and human rights.
The government are committed to fully implementing the Goals by 2030. An Implementation Plan has been put in place and a Senior Officials Group (SOG) established, led by the Department of an Taoiseach to ensure this commitment is met.
Launching the call at the third meeting of the National SDG Stakeholder Forum today, the Minister said:

Achieving all 17 Sustainable Development Goals will be a challenge, but it is possible if everyone across society gets involved.
Many organisations across Ireland are doing some fantastic work in the target areas and I’m keen to harness this good work to inspire others to contribute in whatever way they can.
Today I’m inviting those interested in being Sustainable Development Goal Champions to come forward and apply for the opportunity to inspire others to contribute in the same way.
Following on from the Forum, the Minister visited the HQ of Foodcloud which works with retailers and charities to address the related problems of food waste and food poverty .
The call for expressions of interest for the role of SDG Champion will remain open until Friday 28th February 2019.  It is envisaged that the Minister will select a limited number of organisations to act as Ireland’s first SDG Champions for a period of 12 months beginning in June 2019. es to become Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Champions.