Ireland will submit its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) report to the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2018. Ireland strongly supports efforts of stakeholder involvement in the 2030 Agenda process at both a national and global level to ensure civil society voices continue to be heard in the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDG National Implementation Plan 2018 -2020 commits Government to consult with national stakeholders in the preparation of Ireland's VNR. As part of this commitment, Ireland has undertaken to forward a Compendium of national stakeholder observations directly to the UN HLPF for inclusion on the Forum's official website.
This Compendium is separate to Ireland's VNR, the views expressed in the Compendium are those of stakeholders alone, and will not represent the views of the Irish Government. Ireland's VNR report will remain as Ireland's official report on national SDG progress to the HLPF. However the Compendium does provide all stakeholders equal opportunity to present their individual observations and actions to support implementation of the SDGs and will be made available with Ireland's VNR on the UN HLPF website.
Ireland's official VNR report will be presented to Government at the beginning of June, following which it will be made available on the DCCAE website.
In providing contributions, stakeholders were encouraged to consider and respond to the following three questions:
- What are you/your organisation/your sector doing to support achieving the SDGs?
- What are your/your organisations key observations related to Ireland's SDG implementation?
- What would you/your organisation suggest Ireland do to further enhance SDG implementation?
In order to manage the volume of contributions, there was a maximum word limit of 800 words.
The online facility for contributing to the Stakeholder Compendium closed at 2pm Friday 22 June 2018.