Ireland can be a leader in one of the most important turning points in modern history
Coalition 2030 — an alliance of over 100 leading civil society organisations working in Ireland and across the developing world—have said that Ireland is in a unique position to play a leadership role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. They were speaking at an event (1st March 2017) at the Mansion House in Dublin to mark the formal launch of the group.
Minister Denis Naughten TD launched Coalition2030 and in his words:
“I see the establishment of Coalition 2030 as a hugely positive step in Ireland’s overall response to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. As Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, I am pleased to say that planning is already well advanced on a whole-of-Government response to the 2030 Agenda, and on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Ireland.
I am particularly pleased to be in a position today to announce details on two very relevant initiatives which will address both Climate Action and Clean Air. On climate action we are moving ahead with our commitment to initiate a National Dialogue on Climate Action which I see as being the key mechanism in engaging all of society as we embark on the journey of transition which lies ahead. We must ensure we bring everybody with us and give a voice to those that want to be heard and the Dialogue will help to ensure these objectives are met.
I am also delighted to announce today a public consultation on Ireland’s first National Clean Air Strategy. The Strategy, which I aim to finalise by the end of the year will provide a framework for a whole-of –government approach to reducing harmful emissions and cleaning our air. I urge all stakeholders and interested parties to contribute to both of these processes which are key to implementing Sustainable Development Goals in Ireland.”