Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Sustainable Development Goals
68. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress made to consider options available to identify those items of Departmental expenditure which support specific sustainable development goals as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018-2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26875/21]
The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a significant and ambitious policy agenda that concerns all Government Departments. The first National Implementation Plan 2018-2020, published in 2018, was developed to oversee and facilitate coherent implementation of the SDGs across Government, and to promote awareness of the SDGs. 19 Actions were included in the first National Implementation Plan, including Action 5 which committed to considering options which would identify Departmental expenditure in support specific SDGs. While Action 5 was not fully achieved during a the period of the first National Implementation Plan, a review of all committed actions is now underway.
The development of the next SDG Implementation Plan has commenced, with the intention of publishing it later this year. A National Progress Report will be incorporated into the Plan and will assess the progress on the 19 Actions, including the commitment set out under Action 5.