It is a challenge, a call to action, for everyone, everywhere to work towards this future. In September 2015, United Kingdom and 192 other United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a historic commitment that embraced a common vision and blueprint for a sustainable future. The UN SDGs replace and build on the work started with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were agreed upon in 2000 and drove progress in development for 15 years. Unlike the MDGs, which focused on developing countries and a narrow scope, the UN SDGs form an agenda with a wider reach and scope, and broader engagement globally. The 2030 Agenda is a 15-year global framework centred on a diverse set of 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with 169 targets and 232 individual indicators. The UN SDGs are based on five pillars for sustainable development: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships. The UN SDGs acknowledge that sustainable development needs to happen everywhere and that inequality exists within all communities. As such, the UN SDGs are to be implemented in all nations, with a focus on community-level actions, and indicators are meant to ensure that ‘no one is left behind.’ To accomplish this, participation must be from everyone, all segments of society and all stakeholders. The Goals are a call to action and every one of us has a role to play for a more sustainable future.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation is supporting UKCF network implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The first meeting was convened at CCLA Investment offices in February 2020.
The working group includes Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Cumbria Community Foundation, Sussex Community Foundation, County Durham Community Foundation, South Yorkshire Community Foundation, European Community Foundations Initiative, Milton Keynes Community Foundation, Quartet Community Foundation, Berkshire Community Foundation, Leeds Community Foundation, Wiltshire Community Foundation and Gloucestershire Community Foundation.
Foundation staff championing #unsdgs2030
Each staff member at Northamptonshire Community Foundation is acting as a ‘UN SDG Champion,’ choosing a goal that they feel passionately about and champion that UN SDG within the Community Foundation and externally when having community conversations.
Victoria Miles DL, CEO – Champion for UNSDG 1: No Poverty
“We are committed to playing our part in eradicating poverty in Northamptonshire. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have funded projects that help people who are rough sleeping and homeless, families on a low income and people requiring support due to loss of income. We help fund a safety net that protects people during the most difficult times.”
Jorden Heffernan, Communications Officer – Champion for UNSDG 2: Zero Hunger
“Northamptonshire Community Foundation has long played a part in helping tackle food insecurity through its grant making activity and Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network. We have funded an enormous number of projects providing food aid to vulnerable residents during the pandemic providing nutritious meals and emergency food parcels and ensuring nobody goes to bed hungry.”
San-D Godoy, Administration Services Officer – Champion for UNSDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
“I’m passionate about ensuring all our communities maintain good health and wellbeing and during this public health crisis we have funded a range of projects that help maintain local resident’s emotional and mental health especially. The lockdown has taken a toll on many and it’s great to see so many charities providing activities and help that keep people well and happy.”
Rachel Cooke, Events and Philanthropy Officer – Champion for UNSDG 4: Quality Education
“As an artist and parent, I feel strongly about the provision of quality education for children, young people and adults. The lockdown has been an especially challenging time for families having to home school and we have been committed to funding projects that help provide educational and learning support and keep building aspirations and skills during difficult times.”
Mary Hollands, Head of Philanthropy – Champion for UNSDG 5: Gender Equality
“Whilst we have come such a long way in terms of Gender Equality, there is still a long way to go and I’m passionate about igniting this conversation in Northamptonshire. By throwing a spotlight on the inequalities women face every day, we can take the steps necessary to ending violence against women and girls, closing the gender pay gap and ensuring women’s voices are heard”
Anthony Brinklow, Grants Co-Ordinator – Champion for UNSDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
“I truly believe every individual has the right to live and work with dignity, self-respect and a sense of making a positive difference in the world. A future where people find true satisfaction in their work is one I believe we should endlessly and tirelessly strive for and I truly hope that through a combination of hard work, caring for one another and positive steps forward that we will reach our goal of decent work for all.”
Alex Rex, Programmes Officer – Champion for UNSDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore many inequalities within our communities especially for the BAME community which has been disproportionately impacted by this public health crisis. I’ve been reaching out to community groups and charities that represent the most discriminated and under-represented in Northamptonshire to ensure they know they can access funds for essential support for those facing the most barriers to local services.”
Rachel McGrath, Grants Director and Deputy CEO – Champion for UNSDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
“We should all be able to live in safe, inclusive and healthy towns and communities from affordable housing, good public transport networks, accessible green and public spaces to good air quality, preservation of local cultural and natural heritage and good access to services. Our day to day experience of our local communities massively impact our quality of life, health and wellbeing. I want to champion projects that improve our experience of our local spaces that we live in, that nurture community connections and help to make them safe, sustainable and enjoyable places to live.”
Jessica Cotton, Head of Finance and Operations – Champion for UNSDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
“As a committed person of faith, I believe that human rights, peace and justice should be at the heart of society. People everywhere need to be free of fear from all forms of violence and feel safe as they go about their lives within their communities and receive access to the support they need. I support projects that provide advocacy and uphold their rights, keep people safe in their communities, address criminal justice and hold elected representatives accountable. I will help promote projects that work on inclusion and respect towards people of different ethnic origins, religions, gender, sexual orientations or different opinions. Together, we can help to improve conditions for a life of dignity for all.”