‘Accelerators’: Targeted Youth Services’ Contribution Towards the Attainment of Multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Dr Colm Walsh

As part of a coordinated and strategic response, the Education Authority (EANI), supported by the Department of Education has invested considerably in the development and implementation of targeted youth services.


These novel services are targeted in order to identify young people who experience a range of vulnerabilities that make them at elevated risk of paramilitary related harms.


To help understand and respond to the many barriers that children and young people experience in achieving their potential, the UK and Ireland are signatories to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015 and provided a blueprint for peace and prosperity. Core to the SDGs are goals and targets that cover complex socio-economic issues such as poverty, wellbeing, education and justice.


These multi-faceted issues imply the need for integrated approaches and commits Northern Ireland to contribute towards achieving these wide-ranging goals by 2030.


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