Did you know government is now measuring its activities against the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Are you?

Emma Bramble

NICVA placement student Emma Bramble (QUB)  is undertaking an eight week project to find out how aware of the Sustainable Development Goals the voluntary & community sector in NI is. Emma tells us more about herself and the project here.

Hi, my name’s Emma and I’m currently with NICVA for an 8-week work placement. Before this year, I studied at Maths & Economics at Newcastle University and then decided to return home to NI for my masters. I’m now at QUB, studying Leadership for Sustainable Development. Through this, I’m hoping to get the skills for working in a field where I can make a difference in social and environmental issues.

Working with NICVA really appealed to me for several reasons. Here, I can see how the whole voluntary and community sector within NI works and discover what can be done to promote sustainable development in this sector. I believe that the voluntary and community sector has a massive part to play in sustainable development, since many of the activities and goals of the sector cover aspects of sustainable development without realising it.

The project we’re working on involves finding out what the voluntary and community sector in NI knows about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a universal call for action on ending poverty, protecting our planet and ensuring all people can enjoy peace and prosperity. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs have recently carried out a mapping exercise to highlight how the Programme for Government Outcomes Delivery Plan 2018/19 aligns with the SDGs. I wanted to do my project on the SDGs because I see an opportunity for people based on the UN member states pledge to “no one will be left behind”.

If you’re a member of NICVA then you will have received a link to the survey in an email, we would be delighted to hear from you and would be grateful for your response by Tuesday, 19 February.

If you have any questions, please email me on [email protected], I would love to talk about this with you!


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