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