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Climate Action: Ireland's International Action on Climate Breakdown

Published: 8 January 2020
From: Department of the Taoiseach


Ireland’s new policy for International Development A Better World places climate action as a major policy priority, in recognition of the threat climate change poses to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals globally.

Ireland is well known for giving a global voice to those most at risk and is committed to increasing funding for climate action. Ireland’s international climate action is also focused on helping the most vulnerable men and especially women to adapt to climate impacts, and securing a just transition. Ireland is also developing a strategy to intensify support for Small Island Developing States, some of which are dramatically exposed to the impacts of climate change.

Ambitions and Targets

Key measures set out in the Climate Action Plan to take international action on climate breakdown, include:

  • Seek to at least double the percentage of Overseas Development Aid (ODA) spending on climate finance by 2030, and report on our expenditure each year
  • Place climate action, especially for Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States, at the heart of all development cooperation and policy partnerships, as well as our engagement in multilateral processes
  • Include climate as a core theme in all new Irish Aid Country Strategies with first new strategy to be concluded in 2019
  • Launch a Strategy for Partnerships with Small Island Development States in recognition of the specific challenges presented by climate change to them, accompanied by a package of support and partnerships
  • Play a leadership role at the September 2019 UN Secretary General Summit on Climate Action, championing Youth Engagement and Public Mobilisation.

Actions Completed to Date

United Nations Climate Action Summit:

UN Climate Action Summit: Ireland was actively involved in the preparation of the UN Climate Action Summit , which took place in New York in September 2019. The Summit aimed to demonstrate a leap in political ambition towards bolstering national and international climate action. Together with the Marshall Islands, Ireland led the track on Youth Engagement and Public Mobilisation. This focused on maximising the engagement and amplifying the voices of citizens, especially young people, in long-lasting climate solutions. The initiative was a great success with over 40 UN member states signing up to the youth pledge initiative, ‘Kwon Gesh’ .

International Climate Finance Commitments:
  • Annual Climate Finance Report: The 2018 International Climate Finance Report published in November reports a total expenditure of €80 million in Climate Finance, and the early achievement of the Programme for Government commitment of €175m in Climate Finance between 2016-2020.
  • Green Climate Fund: Ireland has signed up to a multi-annual pledge to the Green Climate Fund which helps developing countries make the transition by committing to provide an annual contribution of €4 million up to 2023.
Country Strategies:

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