The 2030 Agenda encourages countries to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into planning and policy, on both a national and international level. As a whole-of-government initiative overseen by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, each Minister has responsibility for implementing individual SDG targets related to their functions.

We are now in the process of developing the Second SDG National Implementation Plan which will set out arrangements for interdepartmental coordination, stakeholder engagement and actions needed for further SDG Implementation from 2021 to 2023. While the National Implementation Plan itself will not include policy actions, it will aim to support and promote policies across government which contributes towards meeting the Goals and identifying opportunities for enhancing policy coherence.

A fundamental feature when developing the National Implementation Plan is listening to and integrating the voice of stakeholders. This approach is reflective of the fact that the SDGs belong to everybody and that Governments will need to work in partnership with society to achieve the Goals.   

This online consultation aims to:

  1. Assess the awareness of, and engagement with, the Sustainable Development Goals
  2. Establish general opinion on progress made to-date
  3. Seek feedback and recommendations to inform the drafting and development of the next National Implementation Plan
  4. A sector-specific section to determine support requirements are in different sectors

You are invited to be part of this consultation and to share your views on how we can continue to build on progress and achieve the 17 SDGs by 2030.  

Data protection 

This consultation is being conducted in line with strict data protection rules, and for this reason is open only to those over 16. Information on how we safeguard respondents aged 16-18 years is available on

Please note that responses to this consultation are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI), Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2014 (AIE) and the Data Protection Act 2018. The Department may publish the contents of all submissions received to this consultation, but the Department will redact all personal data prior to publication.

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