Minister Ryan launches Sustainable Development Goals Week 2022

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to ‘end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity’

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications has launched Ireland’s first annual Sustainable Development Goals Week . It runs from today (20 September) until 26 September and forms part of the wider European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW), which is taking part in 23 countries across Europe.

Sustainable Development Goals Week marks the anniversary of the day the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) were agreed. The week comprises activities to celebrate and raise awareness of these goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals are a plan of action for the people, the planet and for prosperity. The aim is to deliver a more sustainable, prosperous and peaceful future for the entire world. As the Goals belong to everyone, anyone can participate in Sustainable Development Goals Week by organising or taking part in an event.

Speaking about the launch of Sustainable Development Goals Week , the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, said:

“This summer of extreme weather has magnified for us again the intrinsic link between climate, food security, health, livelihoods and life chances. The Sustainable Development Goals are not just some aspirational list, they are the fundamental standards we have to meet if we are to survive and thrive as an entire globe.

“I am delighted to announce the launch of this new annual week of action for the Sustainable Development Goals and I encourage everyone to get involved – to know more about them and to understand how our actions now can shape our future. We all have a stake in how our world develops. I also look forward to publishing a new National Implementation Plan for the Sustainable Development Goals early next month.”

There are many interesting and exciting initiatives and events happening across Ireland during Sustainable Development Goals Week . For further information, or to register for an event, please visit https://esdw.eu/country/ireland/. For more information on Sustainable Development Goals Week and how to take part please visit this link: www.gov.ie/sdgs.