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  Ireland

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Basic information

Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

Our Sustainable Future – A Framework for Sustainable Development for Ireland  (OSF) was published in June 2012. The OSF was adopted by the Irish Government in 2012 as part of Irelands input into the Rio+20 Summit in 2012.


The OSF takes account of developments at international and EU level designed to deliver an effective transition to an innovative, low carbon and resource efficient future.  If was developed focusing on identifying key gaps where progress since 1997 has been limited and setting out a range of measures to address the outstanding challenges.


The original NSDS was adopted by the Irish Government in 1997. For the World Summit on SD in 2002, Ireland published “Making Ireland’s Development Sustainable - Review, Assessment and Further Action”.

Type of SD strategy

OSF covers all three dimensions of SD plus international issues

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Link to the SD strategy
document

1.    Our Sustainable Future (2012) – Main Document Environment/SustainableDevelopment/PublicationsDocuments/
2.    Our Sustainable Future (2012) – Summary Environment/SustainableDevelopment/PublicationsDocuments/
3.    Our Sustainable Future (2012) – Acronyms Environment/SustainableDevelopment/PublicationsDocuments/
4.    Green Public Procurement (23012) Environment/SustainableDevelopment/GreenPublicProcurement/PublicationsDocuments/
5.    'Sustainable Development - A Strategy for Ireland' (1997)
6.    'Making Ireland's Development Sustainable: review, assessment and future action' (2002)

    The full list(s) of NSDS objectives as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:

    Further information about
    the SD strategy process

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    National Implementation of 2030 Agenda for SD

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    Leading Ministry and
    respective unit
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    implementation process
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    documents on national
    implementation of the
    2030 Agenda and SDGs
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    Voluntary National Reviews [No information available]

     

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    Mechanisms of Vertical Integration

    National — sub-national linkages

    Our Sustainable Future has been developed as a whole-of-Government undertaking. Its implementation will require an active and central Government driven approach.

    EU linkages

    The renewed EU Strategy for Sustainable Development (EU SDS) that was adopted in June 2006 foresees that Member States bi-annually report about how they address the priorities of the EU SDS. Ireland has published its first national report on implementing the EU SDS in July 2007.

     

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    Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration

    The High Level Inter-Departmental Group for Sustainable Development, Chaired by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, will drive delivery of the OSF as official level, including monitoring progress on implementation of sectoral measures.


    The High Level Group will submit an annual progress report to the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change and the Green Economy

     

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    Evaluation and Review

    Political oversight of implementation of Our Sustainable Future will be delivered through the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change and the Green Economy and, where necessary, at Government.


    The High Level Inter-Departmental Group for Sustainable Development, Chaired by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, will drive delivery of the OSF as official level.

     

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    Indicators and Monitoring

    The present indicator set, compiled by the CSO as a response to the commitment in Our Sustainable Future, complements two existing CSO indicator reports namely  ‘Measuring Ireland’s Progress’and Environmental Indicators Ireland  With a view to minimising the overlap between these three indicator sets this report has been limited to 55 indicators. Work on identifying verifiable sources in areas where there is not adequate supporting data continues with a view to enhancing the indicator set in future publications.

    The indicators are presented under four domains: Global Indicators; Economy; Social; and Environment. The Global Indicators domain contains seven indicators and gives a worldwide overview (the other three domains only contain data for Ireland and the EU). Essentially the Global Indicators domain presents a snapshot of Ireland’s standing in the world.

    The Economy domain contains thirteen indicators and these are designed to show trends in Ireland since 2000 and to benchmark Ireland against other countries in the European Union. The Social and Environment domains also show the trends since 2000 and benchmark us in Europe.


    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protects the environment through its licensing, enforcement and monitoring activities. Details of the Agency’s activities and publications can be found at www.epa.ie, including its most recent report ‘Ireland’s Environment An Assessment 2012.’

    The full list(s) of indicators as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:

     

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    Participation

    Our Sustainable Future was prepared following a Public Consultation process in late 2012/early 2013 and a Consultation Conference in the Spring of 2012 where the general public and representatives of a wide range of Non-Governmental bodies participated.


    The OSF was approved by Government prior to the World Summit “Rio+20” held in June 2012 as part of Irelands input to the Summit.

    For a detailed documentation of all advisory and participatory councils (for SD and/or the environment) in this country, please go to the EEAC website at http://www.eeac.eu/councils/ireland and click on one of the listed institutions.

     

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    Sub-national activities

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    This Country Profile has been last updated on: Tuesday, 20 August 2013

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