Sustainable NI came into existence in 1998 as a collaboratie project of NI Environment Link, WWF and the Local Government Training Group. Its’ objective then, as now, is to promote the adoption of sustainable development principles by local authorities and other agencies of government.
In 2018-2019 Sustainable NI undertook a review of its corporate strategy and published a 5-year plan called ‘Time for Change’. The plan sets out the organisations’ ambitions and areas of focus that will guide its work over the next five years. The strategy highlights the crucial role Sustainable NI plays in informing and co-ordinating the sustainability activities of local authorities and public sector bodies, which has become increasingly more important given the political impasse at Stormont in recent years and the diminished leadership role of central government on sustainability issues in Northern Ireland.
The purpose of the Cross Party Working Group is to advance understanding of policy issues surrounding climate change and enable cross party discussion and action on climate policy.