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Hedge Planting

Sunday 4th March
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh
Free

Belfast Festival of Learning

Monday 5th March
Various, see programme for details
Free

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Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 18th March
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield
Free

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The Rivers Trust Spring Conference 2018

Wednesday 21st March
Iveagh House, Saint Stephen’s Green, Dublin
Free

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NI Allotment and Community Garden Forum

Saturday 24th March
MACCA Centre, Omagh

Easter Fun At Monkstown Wood

Saturday 24th March
Monkstown Wood, Newtownabbey
See website for details

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Outdoor Recreation & Your Community

Tuesday 27th March
An Creagán Centre, County Tyrone

EU Funding for Sustainable Development – Project Ideas Lab

Wednesday 28th March
Sustainable NI, Bradford Court, Upper Galwally, Belfast BT8 6RB
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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The NI Sustainable Development Plan is outdated and in need of updating.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.