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Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

This new publication ‘Ireland's UN SDGs – Goal 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 2021’ is the ninth 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.  This publication was developed in collaboration with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

This ninth publication has data for Ireland for each of the SDG indicators selected by the UN to measure industry, innovation and infrastructure.  Data is available by various breakdowns, including geography, gender and age group.

This report on Goal 9 has twelve indicators (See Table of Contents), which are organised into three user friendly chapters:




The titles of these chapters are based around common themes in the eight targets which are measured in Goal 9.

The previous reports published in the series are: Goal 1 No Poverty, Goal 2 Zero HungerGoal 3 Good Health and Well-BeingGoal 4 Quality EducationGoal 5 Gender EqualityGoal 6 Clean Water and SanitationGoal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy and Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth.

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 Environment 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.

Go to next chapter: Overview - Industry Innovation and Infrastructure in Ireland