Last updated on:
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

The SDG National Implementation Plan 2018-2020 sets out Ireland’s overall framework for implementing the SDGs, characterised by a ‘whole-of-Government’ approach. Political oversight is provided by the Government, while the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has overall responsibility for promoting the SDGs, and for overseeing their coherent implementation across Government

A key commitment under the SDG National Implementation Plan involves mainstreaming the SDGs across national policies, so that when relevant sectoral policies are developed or reviewed, Ireland’s commitments under the SDGs will be taken into account.

Ireland’s current national Sustainable Development Strategy, Our Sustainable Future, is an important component of Ireland’s framework for implementing the SDGs, as is Ireland’s Foreign Policy, The Global Island, which reinforces our commitment to contribute to international peace, security, human rights and sustainable development, and Ireland’s new Policy for International Development, A Better World, which signals a deepening and intensification of Ireland’s efforts to achieving a world that is equal, peaceful and sustainable for all to realise the pledge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reach ‘the furthest behind first’. Aligned with A Better World and the SDGs is Ireland’s new Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnerships Strategy which supports marine partnerships, education links between Ireland and other island nations, and representing SIDS priorities within the European Union.

Many of the measures through which Ireland will achieve the SDGs will take place within the context of Project Ireland 2040, which is the Government’s overarching policy initiative to make Ireland a better country for all our people, a country that reflects the best of who we are and what we aspire to be. Project Ireland 2040 is made up of the National Planning Framework to 2040 [NPF] and the National Development Plan 2018-2027 [NDP].

Leading Ministry and respective unit

Overall political oversight for national SDG implementation is provided through the Cabinet, with each Government Minister having specific responsibility for implementing individual SDG targets related to their Ministerial functions. For this reason, each of the 169 SDG targets has been assigned to a lead Government Department. The choice to assign Ministerial responsibility for each target was taken to ensure that individual Departments take ownership of those SDGs most relevant to their work and to provide additional clarity to stakeholders.

Other ministries involved

All ministries are involved.

Main contact point for the implementation process

Department of Environment, Climate and Communications

Hannah Gilmartin:

Links to main websites/documents on national implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs
Voluntary National Reviews

Ireland submitted its first Voluntary National Review in 2018.

Ireland plans to submitt its second VNR in 2023.