At a global level
At the 70th UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted a new global sustainable development framework: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (hereafter the "2030 Agenda") which has at its core the Sustainable Development Goals
At a European level
The European Union Commission's communication titled 'Next steps for a sustainable European future'
, states, 'The EU is committed to development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A life of dignity for all within the planet's limits that reconciles economic prosperity and efficiency, peaceful societies, social inclusion and environmental responsibility is at the essence of sustainable development.'
At a National level
The framework for Sustainable Development in Ireland sets out the challenges and options to ensure that quality of life and general wellbeing can be improved and sustained.
Translating these goals into our everyday actions?
Translating these goals is simple. It starts with each individual, in the community, taking a first step.
Many people are already contributing to a sustainable future in their day to day lives. Many others only need to make small adjustments to everyday actions to reach the Sustainable Development goals. Education and awareness initiatives can help us meet these Goals.
One of those awareness initiatives is the Sustainable Development Awards.
The Tidy Towns committees contribute greatly to Sustainable Development on a community level.
For several years we have encouraged the Tidy Towns committees to show us how they contribute to Sustainable Development through a Tidy Town Special Award for Sustainable Development.
In 2017 the tidy towns committees were invited to develop a walk in their own local community.
The aim of the Sustainable Development Award is to encourage the local community to actively become involved in the sustainable development of their own community. To this end the project is a community based competition, designed to break down barriers, encourage inclusivity and promote the goals of Sustainable Development.
In 2018 we are again inviting the Tidy Towns committees to cultivate a local walk.
In 2017, feedback from Tidy Town Committees pointed out that, due to the late notification of the details of the award, many felt they did not have the time or know how to develop a competition standard walk and therefore declined to enter for the Sustainable Development Award. SO……..
For the 2018 Tidy Town Special Award for Sustainable Development, the criteria for the award will be released to the public on 19th September, 2017 at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. If you miss us at the Ploughing Championships, you can download a copy of the leaflet here.