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The Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages countries to develop national responses to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and incorporate them into planning and policy. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has lead responsibility for promoting and overseeing national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs. This is a whole-of-government initiative where all Ministers retain responsibility for implementing the individual SDGs relating to their functions.

This Department has been assigned responsibility for preparing the first SDG National Implementation Plan and the Voluntary National Review (VNR). The first National Implementation Plan was published in early 2018. The Plan  sets out arrangements for interdepartmental coordination, stakeholder engagement and periodic progress reporting at national and global levels.

Ireland's first VNR was submitted to the UN in June 2018, and formally presented to the High-level Political Forum at the UN Headquarters in New York in July 2018.

Learn more about the SDGs and Ireland's response and commitment to the UN below.