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SDC Northern Ireland Statement on UK Funding Announcement

23 July 2010

Jim Kitchen

Commenting on the UK Government’s decision to end funding for the Sustainable Development Commission, Head of the SDC in Northern Ireland, Jim Kitchen, said:

We are deeply disappointed that the UK Government has decided to withdraw its funding from the Sustainable Development Commission.   We believe, however, that there is still much for us to contribute here in Northern Ireland as trusted independent advisors to the Executive.  

“As the Executive moves forward in the coming months with the new Northern Ireland Sustainable Development Strategy and Implementation Plan it is crucial that the clear commitment to Sustainable Development contained within our Programme for Government is delivered, both in policy and in practice. 

“In Northern Ireland there is a broad consensus on the need to become a sustainable region. This sends a clear signal that we want to take advantage of the transition to a low carbon, sustainable economy. Faced with the most serious economic situation for decades, along with our particular challenges of poverty and poor health, sustainable development gives us the framework for making best use of tight public finances.” 


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