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Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Ireland



Despite our country’s national pride in being a co-chair (with Kenya) of the negotiations which led to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Ireland’s leaders have been slow to adopt a national action plan. It was only in October 2017 that government officials began to produce a draft Action Plan for consultation. Pressure had been brought to bear on them by NGOs, in particular by Coalition 2030 which was launched on 1 March 2017 and which represents over 100 organisations (social inclusion, development, environment, trade union and faith-based networks) working at home and in over 50 countries abroad. Presentation Sisters are members of this coalition. 

During the past year Coalition members, individually and collectively, have been creatively raising public awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a variety of workshops and public events:

Irish National Teachers Association (INTO) Global Goals Cycle around  Ireland, July 2017







We welcomed Maurice the cyclist to Killorglin on his round-Ireland venture as he highlighted the SDCs in schools along the way. 

Global Citizenship Schools organised schools and community groups around the country to participate in the Launch of Global Boats of Hope – for UN End Poverty Day (17 October 2017)








See:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=3rujgW4kcF0


In a letter to the Irish Prime Minister on 7 October 2017, the Coalition 2030 members stated:

“We are committed to working together with other sectors and with the Government in order to ensure that Ireland delivers on its responsibilities regarding all the 17 UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.”

In December, Coalition 2030 submitted a 12-page response to the Government’s draft Action Plan, making many recommendations to improve the contents of the draft and to ensure an inclusive Stakeholders Forum, an SDG Monitoring Forum and sufficient Finance to support delivery of the SDGs. Ireland is one of the countries whose progress in implementing the SDGs is to be reviewed at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York next July. 

Most recently, the resident poet in a Kerry Secondary School sought assistance in relation to understanding more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She and the art teacher are now working with the students on an art and poetry project to highlight the SDGs, by producing etchings and a matching poem/proverb to depict each of the Goals. The whole school staff is collaborating in promoting awareness of the origins and implications of the SDGs. 

Submitted by: Sr Maureen O’Connell, PBVM