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9th IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference – Peatlands: Investing in the Future

Tuesday 1st October
The Europa Hotel, Belfast
See website for details

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Comber Greenway Task Day

Saturday 5th October
Billy Neill crossing at 9am, Dundonald or on the greenway under North Road bridge at 9.30am, East Belfast
Free

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NILGA Changing Places: Planning, Place–shaping and Place–making in NI

Tuesday 8th October
Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen
£60

Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2019

Tuesday 8th October
La Mon, Belfast
See website for details

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Citigroup Environmental Expo

Thursday 10th October
Citigroup, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
Free

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Grass Roots AGM

Saturday 12th October
Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall, Ormeau Road, Belfast
Free

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CEDaR Training Course – Woodlice

Saturday 19th October
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Maintaining a Young Hedge

Sunday 20th October
Kilmacrew House near Banbridge
Free

The Future of Food Packaging

Monday 21st October
CAFRE Loughry Campus, Cookstown BT80 9AA
Free

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Inaugural QUB Sustainability Lecture

Wednesday 23rd October
Peter Froggatt Centre/0G/007, Queen’s University Belfast
Free

Water Framework Directive Stakeholder Conference 2019

Wednesday 23rd October
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS
Free

CEDaR Training Course – Grassland Fungi

Thursday 24th October
Magilligan Field Centre

Enough is Enough – The Rise and Rise of Food Poverty

Friday 25th October
TBC, Belfast
Free

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Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2019

Monday 28th October
Royal Society, London
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Sustainable development

Sustainable development is wide–ranging and cross–cutting in nature. It is generally defined as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

Sustainable development

Seen as the guiding principle for long–term global development, sustainable development consists of three pillars: economic prosperity, social development and environmental protection.

The Northern Ireland Sustainable Development Strategy was first published in 2006 and later revised in 2010. It sets the overarching agenda for achieving the shared prosperity of Northern Ireland and its people without impacting disproportionately upon our natural environment. Since 2007 District Councils in Northern Ireland are obliged to act in a way that will contribute to the achievement of sustainable development through a statutory duty.

The NI Sustainable Development Plan is outdated and in need of updating.  The emergence of the UN Sustainable Development Goals has revitalised the sustainable development agenda and offers an opportunity for progressing sustainable development policy in NI.

The Sustainable Development Goals

SDGs

At the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015, Heads of Government from 193 UN Members States gathered to ratify the Sustainable Development Goals. In doing so the international community committed that:

“We resolve, between now and 2030, to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources…”

The SDGs are a common blueprint for a sustainable future – as relevant to communities, households and individuals as they are to governments, businesses, and NGOs.  The SDGs have potential to make a positive impact in Northern Ireland. Sustainable development is a devolved issue and the new outcomes–based approach to the Programme for Government – with its emphasis on well–being – presents us with the opportunity to integrate the global SDGs into local policy making.

The SDGs present a framework for identifying national targets and priorities.  Despite the universal nature of the SDGs, they are sometimes misconstrued as a “developing world issue”.  All participating Nations are required to produce SDG implementation Plans and to take part in national reporting to the UN.

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development

SDGs mapped to NI Programme for Government Outcomes & Indicators

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The global population is projected to rise from 7 billion (current) to 9 billion by 2050.

One in five people on this planet, or over 1 billion people, still live in extreme poverty

One in seven people – or 14% of the world’s population is undernourished.

Global demand for natural resources has doubled since 1996 and that is now 50% higher than the regenerative capacity of the planet.

The latest population projections suggest that, by 2031, the Northern Ireland population will grow by almost 10%, to just under 2 million.