The GOAL team will be using fun and games to guide youngsters and adults on how they can contribute to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable world for all by 2030.
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
The GOAL activities at the Laya Spectacular in Merrion Square, Dublin, (Friday July 12th - Sunday July 13th) and in Fitzgerald Park, Cork, (July 20th – 21st) include:
Seed planting in a sack garden, demonstrating GOAL’s work through its Nutrition Impact and Positive Practice programme (NIPP). Children will learn that no matter where they are in the world - whether a slum in Malawi or a city in Ireland - sustainably producing your own food can be a valuable way to contribute to the SDGs.
A spin-the-wheel SDG quiz with prizes.
An SDG Insta frame where children and adults will be asked to write how they can be a global citizen on the frame and then share a photo on social media platforms.
A poster that shows how four projects that GOAL are currently running link with certain SDGs.
GOAL Global Citizen Manager, Nina Sachau, said:
“Our message to people is that each one of us has the power to create a fairer, more sustainable future for everyone around the globe. With the SDGs UN world leaders have agreed on a plan for a better world - without poverty, inequality, climate change – and now it takes the work of all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the public to achieve this better world. All of GOAL’s work contributes to achieving the SDGs, and at our stall at the Laya Festival we will be engaging people to explore their own opportunities as Global Citizens - by example by taking individual actions or holding our government to account. UN world leaders are meeting in New York this week for the annual high-level political forum on sustainable development. This year 47 countries are presenting their progress on the SDGs. Last year Ireland presented its progress and future plans, acknowledging that there is still a lot to do for us to in the years ahead.”
The Laya City Spectaculars in Dublin and Cork will be packed with jaw-dropping street performances, a live music stage with fantastic bands, a food market and feel-good family health and wellness events.
There will also be a football skills arena, an imaginative play universe for kids, children's storytelling and creative writing, and vintage funfair rides. Entry is free, and no tickets are required.
The Laya City Spectacular takes place from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at:
Merrion Square, Dublin, Friday July 12th – Sunday July 15th
Fitzgerald Park, Cork Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st
For more information on GOAL's Global Citizenship Programme take a look here.