Analysis, Dr. Catherine Kavanagh

Analysis, Dr. Catherine Kavanagh

How Does Ireland Compare to the EU15 on the SDGs?

How Does Ireland Compare to the EU15 on the SDGs?

21.2.2020

How Does Ireland Compare to the EU15 on the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future.

An extensive dataset was collected for our analysis including the UN Global Indicator Set and the EU Indicator Set. The current report utilises 80 indicators across the 17 goals to arrive at our final SDG scores.On the social index, Ireland is halfway in the ranking, in 7th place. We score highly on goals relating to education, peace and justice; less well on goals reflecting poverty, inequality, gender equality and health and well-being.

SDGs reflecting the environment present an unfavourable picture of Ireland. Clearly, there are pressing sustainability issues that must be addressed, as reflected by the ranking of SDG 7 ‘Affordable and clean energy’, SDG12, ‘Responsible consumption and production’, SDG13, ‘Climate action’, and SDG14, ‘Life below water’. The low score of SDG 9, ‘Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure’, also points to significant challenges ahead in this area. Significant challenges lie ahead if Ireland is to achieve its objectives on these goals.

The remaining SDGs lie in the middle of the rankings. But that does not imply we should be complacent. The objective of the 17 SDGs as part of the 2030 Agenda was to set universal goals that meet the urgent environment, political and economic challenges evident in our world. They focus on identifying global challenges relating to issues on poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, and justice.

Dr. Catherine Kavangh is Lecturer in Economics at University College Cork

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