Local Problems, Global Issues – SDGs and you.

What are the SDG’s Anyway?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as the Global Goals, are a set of 17 interconnected goals aimed at making the world a healthier, cleaner, and more equitable place for everyone. Spearheaded by the United Nations and unanimously adopted by the UN’s 193 Member States in 2015, the SDGs are a call to action for governments, civil society, the private sector, and ordinary citizens to create and implement sustainable solutions of any size for the world’s biggest problems.The SDG agenda covers everything from socio-economic to governance to environmental issues, with each goal encompassing its own range of targets.

Why are the SDG’s important for our Animate Application?

The SDGs are unique as they contain the first set of targets for Global Health to incorporate both developing and developed countries. The SDGs empower and call on every citizen to make the change they want to see. Both Social Innovation Fund Ireland and Medtronic believe that communities around Ireland are coming up with innovative solutions to the issues facing them locally. There is no reason these solutions cannot scale up or contribute to larger solutions to global health issues and inequalities. So while the SDGs have a global view, addressing issues on a local level first can facilitate growth and impact both nationally and internationally.

How do I relate my project to the SDGs?

For our Animate 2017 Healthy Community Awards, we are looking for your project’s alignment with any of the targets falling within SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being).  Here’s a few examples of the kinds of projects and ideas we’re looking for and how they correspond to SDG 3 targets:  

  • TrimTots (SDG 3.d: risk reduction)

UK social enterprise TrimTots is a healthy lifestyle programme targeting preschool children and their families for the prevention and treatment of obesity. The community based intervention utilises nutrition, art, music, and cooking to establish healthy dietary and activity patterns for the whole family.  

  • Ninja Riders –  (SDG 3.6: reduction deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents)  

Ninja Riders is Currently being piloted in Milan, it engages young people in participative communities through a set of gamified digital tools. This digital innovation identifies young driver attitudes and behaviour to promote behavioural change, resulting in safer roads for everyone.

  • Seniorpreneurs (SDG 3.4: promotion of mental health and well-being)

SeniorPreneurs   is an organisation based in Australia designed to encourage senior entrepreneurship through the use of networking, training, and business coaching. Senior entrepreneurs enjoy a wide range of benefits shown to increase their quality of life resulting in improved mental health and well-being.