Ireland’s second National Implementation Plan for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been launched by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, and other members of the government, including the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, in Dublin on Wednesday, October 5. The SDGs are the agreed roadmap to a “fairer, safer world”. The Sustainable Development Goals challenge us to change the way we live. By sharing the real impact of this we make change happen. This Implementation Plan lays out how Ireland is equipping itself to deliver the goals both at a global level and at home.
The new national implementation plan sets out 5 strategic objectives and 51 actions, with 119 individual measures, and highlights the Irish government’s approach Ireland has adopted the implementation of the SDGs.
Challenging Us to Change – showcasing good practice
The International Presentation Association (IPA) is a member of Coalition 2030, as well as being a presence at High Level Political Fora for a number of year’s now. The IPA is actively engaged in the valuable discussion and information exchange platforms offered by the various side-shows that run parallel to the main event Forum. The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations, is the central United Nations platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level. The theme for the 2022 HLPF was “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ”.
As the world is struggling to recover from COVID-19 amidst continuing crises, the HLPF reflected on how recovery policies can reverse the negative impacts of the pandemic on the SDGs and move countries on to a path to realise the vision of the 2030 Agenda.
Challenge to Change shares its experience
On July 12th, the IPA was involved in the co—organisation (with JCoR and REDES) of just such a side event to the main Forum, bringing together the voices of faith-based organisations from the Catholic tradition, which have a presence across many global regions, to share good practices and recommendations with respect to the achievement of SDG 4’s Target 7 on the theme: “Delivering SDG 4.7: Catholic Religious Organisations and the Lifelong Formation of Global Citizens”.
Brian O’Toole, our IPA Justice Contact in Ireland-England (and Director of the Presentation Sisters Interprovincial Justice Desk for Ireland and England) shared with the attendees the “Challenge to Change (C2C)” Project by highlighting how students explore and learn ways of understanding our common home as a contribution to the achievement of SDG 4.7 (Education for Global Citizenship).
Challenge to Change is a Presentation Initiative that is grounded in the SDGs, and open to primary and post primary students. Such has been the impact of this initiative that we were honoured to be able to present at the UN High Level Political Forum 2022. and you can watch our presentation at the link below. This is a 10-minute recording of the presentation ‘showcasing good practice’. It does justice to the many students and teachers past and present who have been formed as ‘Global Citizens’, ready to act and advocate for change on the very real issues faced by those ‘made poor’ in our world today.
Coalition 2030 have chosen to once again highlight this contribution by Challenge to Change at the HLPF2022, as the current roadmap for implementation of the SDG’s by the Irish Government has been released in this 2nd Development Plan – see link. This document provides the SDG landscape against wish we can measure and assess government progress going forward.
You can download the Implementation Plan Second National Implementation Plan for the SDGs launched — Coalition 2030 (ireland2030.org)
Also see IPA website link https://globalpres.org/who-we-are/