LETTER: Global goals apply to everyone, everywhere

September 29th, 2018 5:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

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SIR – The United Nations Global Goals Week takes place from September 22nd to 29th, driving action and awareness around the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. The week is timed to take place alongside and within the 73rd UN General Assembly, which convenes in New York during September. 

As the UN General Assembly convenes in New York, the message from the UN is clear – the global goals apply to everyone, everywhere. The time to act is now. 

It is the duty of each and every one of us to achieve what the goals set out: a rigorous plan to make ours the first generation to end extreme poverty, the last generation to be threatened by climate change – and the generation most determined to end injustice and inequality.

Young people understand that the challenges their generation face are great, and they also recognise that creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking and action are required to meet those challenges. 

Every year, through Young Social Innovators, thousands of young people creatively tackle social issues affecting them, their communities, and the world using innovation and entrepreneurial skills developed through our programmes. 

They are demonstrating that they have a powerful contribution to make when given the opportunity and it is our duty to support these future leaders to recognise their own potential and to realise their capacity to effect real and lasting change for the wellbeing of people and the planet. 

Young Social Innovators programmes are currently recruiting teachers and young people from Irish second-level schools and youth organisations to get involved. 

Yours, etc. 

Rachel Collier, 


Young Social Innovators,

DCU Alpha, 

Glasnevin, Dublin.

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