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EU and International Policy

Many environmental issues, such as air pollution and climate change, occur widely and are not specific to one country. In recognition of this 'transboundary' dimension, Ireland participates in international efforts to address regional and global environmental challenges. For example, Ireland actively supports:

  • The United Nations Environmental Programme (commonly referred to UN Environment or UNEP)
  • The international negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and
  • the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which was adopted at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

The environmental dimension of the SDGs focuses on:

  •  pursuing high standards of water and air quality,
  • tackling pollution from toxic chemicals,
  • pursuing sustainable transport and renewable energy, and
  • tackling the environmental impacts of cities.

A significant portion of Ireland's environmental policy is also influenced by Ireland's membership of the EU.