Ulster University Belfast Campus
15th March: 3.30pm – 5.30pm (doors 3.00pm)
Project US is Concern Worldwide’s movement for change involving conversations and activities online and offline.
Join us for a vibrant café discussion on sustainable development. We’ll be exploring how issues at the local level can connect with the United Nation’s global Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will discuss how they, as active citizens, can promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions. This is a joint event between Concern Worldwide and Ulster University’s School of Education. As part of a series of these informal World Café discussions, you are invited to discuss the future of our planet and how we can work together to create a better future for us all.
The project wants to engage local communities with global issues and consider how those issues will affect people at a local level. The School of Education at Ulster University aims to make a positive contribution to the development of the individual, society and the economy, both locally and globally. It works with Concern Worldwide in hosting events which engage young people and educators with the public, discussing issues of mutual interest around citizenship and global development issues. In December 2016, 193 countries across the world signed up to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are a collection of 17 goals that aim to change our world into a fairer, healthier, happier place for everyone by 2030. The SDGs are about the issues that matter to us in Belfast and in communities across the globe, such as homelessness, child poverty, climate change, gender inequality, etc.
The School of Education at Ulster University is keen to support this initiative, given its longstanding emphasis on Citizenship Education and the University’s focus on global societal issues around the themes of Social Renewal, Sustainability, Healthy communities and Creativity and Culture. Project Us is hosting conversation cafés in all major cities. World Cafés are a simple and flexible format – less debating and arguing, and more about engaging and listening. The themes of these discussions, harvested by Concern Worldwide, will be recorded for a report that will be submitted to the Irish government in advance of a United Nations conference in July which will consider Ireland’s progress in reaching the Global Goals.