Global Citizenship

As an organisation that has responded to almost every major natural and man-made humanitarian emergency and supported long term development for poor communities since 1977, GOAL understands that citizens and leaders can affect significant long-term and sustainable change for the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

What is Global Citizenship?

We live in an increasingly interconnected world where our actions and networks are no longer limited by traditional boundaries or borders.

In 2015 all UN world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They outline what each country must do to create a fairer, more sustainable future for everyone by 2030. They have the power to end poverty, fight inequality, stop climate change and protect our oceans, flora and fauna. Learn more about the SDGs in this video.

Be a Global Citizen!

The year 2030 may seem far away, but it takes a lot of work and commitment to achieve this future. It is up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the public to work together to build a better future for everyone.

Enter the GOAL Changemakers Award

The GOAL Changemakers Award calls all 3rd – 6th class age groups to get to know the Global Goals, take action to help achieve them and share your actions with us to be in with a chance to win numerous fun prizes. Check out more here

Take actions at home

There is a lot that we can do to help achieve the SDGs here in Ireland. Talk to your friends and family about the SDGs, reduce the amount of single use plastic you use, talk or write to your TD about an issue you care about and make sure the government sticks to its SDG commitments, cycle, walk or take public transport to school or work, grow your own food – and these are just some of many examples.Check out the lazy person’s guide to saving the world for some inspirations.

Book a Development Education workshop for your class & get our teacher’s resources

GOAL facilitates workshops with primary and secondary schools to increase awareness and understanding of our rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world and the role we have as citizens in creating change. Our Development Education programme has grown in popularity with Irish schools over the years. Teachers have described GOAL workshops as

'excellent in raising awareness of global issues and helping children to believe that they can be agents of change in the future'.

We have also developed a range of educational resources for primary and secondary school students to help teachers bring global learning and development education to your pupils. Make a booking.

Youth Program

We are recruiting a cohort of Volunteer Youth Advisors between 18 and 25 years old to participate in a project that will directly contribute to the shaping of the GOAL’s 2020+ Youth Programme. Advisors will have the opportunity to explore their experiences of global citizenship, develop skills that support effective advocacy and activism, and interact with special guest speakers. The Volunteer Youth Advisor Project consists of three full day workshops that all participants must attend: October 26, November 16, and December 14. In addition to the workshops, advisors will also be invited to organize their own small discussion events, take part in national campaigns, and a youth summit on climate change. Any questions about the project may be directed to Aislin Lavin, and individuals can apply to take part through this link

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GOAL is a member of Coalition2030, an alliance of civil society organisations committed to and working towards upholding Ireland’s commitment to achieving the SDGs globally and locally by 2030.

Contact Us

If you’re interested in our Global Citizenship programme - have any ideas, events and partnerships enquiries - please contact


Our work is supported by:

  • The European Union
  • Irish Aid
  • UK Aid
  • The United Nations
  • US Aid