"2030 Not a Fairytale" is a beautiful picture book dedicated to introducing young children to the seventeen Global Goals for Sustainable Development. In September 2015 world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Global Goals are universal and call for action to ensure economic development, social progress and environment sustainability worldwide. 

Economists, politicians, religious leaders, development professionals and celebrities hailed the seventeen Global Goals as a real opportunity to tackle the most urgent issues facing people and planet. The overarching promise of the Global Goals to "leave no one behind" means the global community must come together, united in the collective vision to transform our world.

If the Global Goals are indeed going to impact every person on the planet, then the agenda needs to be understood by everyone. The official UN document is long and the wording is technical, so the aim of this book is to introduce the Global Goals to preschool children through a colourful picture book with simplistic explanations of each goal.

An understanding of the Global Goals is the first step to using the Post-2015 Development Agenda as a platform to advocate for real change in our world. Introducing children to the Global Goals at a young age it allows them to later understand the commitments made under the agreement and the agenda their governments have ratified. Only then can they hold their political representatives accountable and demand action to realize the collective vision for a just and sustainable future for all.


Arlene Gormley grew up in Northern Ireland and has always had a passion for social justice; earning her a national award in Sociology aged just 16 years old. Arlene studied Sociology at Queens University Belfast before embarking on 'start-up' creating award winning decorative cakes in Northern Ireland.

After selling her thriving enterprise in 2010, Arlene began a new chapter of her life in Cambodia. Drawing upon her entrepreneurial skills and natural passion for social justice, she co-founded the non-profit 'Feeding Dreams Cambodia' in 2012. To hone her skills Arlene acquired a Masters in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy at Brandeis University in Boston, USA.

In 2015 while living in Cambodia, Arlene created a picture book, originally intended as a keepsake gift for her niece, introducing the UN Global Goals. Interest in the  book quickly gained momentum and is currently available in several languages and copies are in circulation around the globe. Currently Arlene is based in Cambodia but travels frequently to USA and to her home in Ireland. Arlene is now working on her next children's book focusing on non-violent methods of action.


‘2030 Not A Fairytale’ proudly supports the non-profit organisation ‘Feeding Dreams Cambodia’, established in 2012. Arlene is a co-founder of the organisation and profits from the sale of the book will be donated as a contribution to operating costs. Feeding Dreams Cambodia is a grass roots community school which provides free education, school meals and community support to over 800 poor children and families living in poverty on the outskirts of Siem Reap in Cambodia.

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