A fundamental feature of the 2030 Agenda is the inclusive and active voice stakeholders held in both the negotiation and adoption of the Agenda. To achieve sustainable development and particularly the targets and commitments set out in the 17 SDGs will require not only action by Government but all individuals across society.
The Government of Ireland recognises this common ownership of the SDGs and the SDG National Implementation Plan 2018-2020 commits Government to establish a national SDG Stakeholder Forum.
We held the first Stakeholder Forum in June 2018 which sparked some lively debate and an exchange of ideas from across the wide range of stakeholders involved with the Sustainable Development Goals.
The first Forum was chaired by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment with representatives across other public sector organisations also in attendance. The second National Stakeholder Forum took place in the Hilton Hotel on Friday the 19th October 2018. Presentations were made by our own Department, and also by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Chambers Ireland and Dawn Meats. All presentations are available below.
The Forum will provide a platform to participate at a national level as we work together to achieve the SDGs, and in particular actions committed under the first SDG National Implementation Plan 2018-2020.
The Forum is being used to consult and engage in the preparation of future Plans and reporting as stakeholders have a particularly important role in the follow-up and review processes which monitor how Government implements the Goals.