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Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

This new publication ‘Ireland's UN SDGs – Goal 13 Climate Action, 2021’, is the thirteenth in a series from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).  These publications monitor and report on how Ireland is progressing towards meeting its targets under the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the United Nations (UN). 

The CSO and Government Departments and Organisations collaborate to bring together data required in these reports for Ireland’s SDGs.  This collaboration is formalised under the SDG Data Governance Board, which meets on a quarterly basis.  The publication for Goal 13 was developed in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This thirteenth publication includes data for Ireland for each of the SDG indicators selected by the UN to measure 'Goal 13 Climate Action'.  Data is available at various levels of detail which include geography, gender, age group and other categories, where applicable.

This report on Goal 13 has eight indicators which are organised into two user friendly chapters:

  • Climate
  • Strategy

The titles of these chapters are based around common themes in the five targets which are measured in Goal 13.

The previous reports published in the series are: Goal 1 No Poverty, Goal 2 Zero Hunger, Goal 3 Good Health and Well-BeingGoal 4 Quality EducationGoal 5 Gender EqualityGoal 6 Clean Water and SanitationGoal 7 Affordable and Clean EnergyGoal 8 Decent Work and Economic GrowthGoal 9 Industry Innovation and InfrastructureGoal 10 Reduced InequalitiesGoal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities and Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.

The 17 UN SDGs are a set of global development targets adopted by the United Nations (UN) member countries in September 2015 to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.  The UN SDGs are driving the global development agenda towards 2030 (Agenda 2030).  They address global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.  The 17 goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, the aim is to achieve them all by 2030.  They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and help economic growth, while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI-Ireland) established a project team in April 2017 to engage with a combined UN Statistics Division (UNSD)/ESRI research exercise with a goal to develop and deploy a new approach for monitoring the UN SDG Indicators using geographic information systems.  The result of this exercise is a new website (Ireland's SDGs Data Hub), hosted on OSi's Geohive platform, which is Ireland’s Central Portal for all SDGs and contains indicators data on the 17 UN SDGs for Ireland.  All the indicators in this publication will be loaded onto the Geohive.  This work has been formalised through the creation of Ireland’s Institute for SDGs (IIS) - an initiative between the CSO, OSi and Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC).  The membership of the IIS is expected to expand with ongoing monitoring and reporting of Ireland's progress towards meeting UN SDGs.