The Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018 - 2020 was published in direct response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provides a whole-of-government approach to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Plan identifies four strategic priorities to guide implementation:
awareness: raise public awareness of the SDGs
participation: provide stakeholders opportunities to engage and contribute to follow-up and review processes, and further develop national implementation of the Goals
support: encourage and support efforts of communities and organisations to contribute towards meeting the SDGs, and foster public participation
policy alignment: develop alignment of national policy with the SDGs and identify opportunities for policy coherence
The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications has lead responsibility for promoting and overseeing the coherent implementation of the SDGs on a whole-of-government basis. All Ministers retain responsibility for implementing the individual SDGs relating to issues under their aegis and have been actively engaged in the preparation of this plan.
The plan includes a 'SDG Matrix' which identifies the responsible government departments for each of the 169 targets. It also contains a 'SDG Policy Map' indicating the relevant national policies for each of the targets. The plan sets out 19 specific actions to implement over the duration of this first SDG National Implementation Plan.
The Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018-2020
The National Implementation Plan sets out how Ireland will work to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, both domestically and internationally