Global Awareness Programme -
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  • Goal 1:
    End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2:
    End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3:
    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4:
    Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
  • Goal 5:
    Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6;
    Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7:
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8:
    Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9:
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10:
    Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11:
    Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Gaol 12:
    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13:
    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14:
    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Goal 15:
    Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16:
    Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17:
    Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
  • Sustainable Development Goals Global Goals
    A set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all

What is it?

The Global Awareness Programme is an exciting training, volunteering, and awareness raising project focusing on the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What is involved?

  • Implement an awareness raising campaign in Ireland around your SDG
  • Complete a GOLD Global Citizen Award raise awareness about global social justice issues

What's included?

  • Return flights
  • Accommodation and meals during volunteer project
  • Pre-departure information and support & Insurance
  • 2 training days
  • In-country airport transfers, orientation & support from experienced staff

What’s not included?

  • This is a co-funded programme and each participant will be asked to raise €1000 towards their costs.

 “I found myself and my perspectives challenged on a daily basis, and came home even more determined to continue the fight against gender inequality and raise awareness about global social justice issues also relevant in Ireland."   Amanda, 2017 GAP participant 

No. of places available: 4              Age profile: 18+ years

Travel Dates: June - August 2018          Duration: Eight weeks

Destinations: See options below

Choose one of these UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 3 Good Health: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 4 Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • SDG 5 Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women & girls
  • SDG 15 Life on Land: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, half biodiversity loss

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What are the SDGs?

In Sept 2015, United Nations countries adopted a new sustainable development agenda committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years ; End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The new sustainable development goals could get these things done. The Global Awareness Programme offers exciting projects that focus on Good Health (goal 3), Quality Education (goal 4), Gender Equality (goal 5), Life on Land (goal 15) in a range of countries.  If the Goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them. The Global Awareness Programme supports you to TELL EVERYONE!

Types of Projects

UNSDG: Good Health

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.


Types of Projects -UNSDG: Good Health 


UNSDG: Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.


Types of Projects - UNSDG: Quality Education 


UNSDG: Gender Equality

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality  and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.


Types of Projects - UNSDG: Gender Equality

UNSDG: Life on Land

Forests cover 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface and in addition to providing food security and shelter, forests are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population.  Thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares.

Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty. Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification.


Types of Projects - UNSDG: Life on Land