The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has appointed Chambers Ireland as one of 26 organisations from across society as leaders in driving forward Ireland’s progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Chambers Ireland have been appointed as part of the 2023-2024 SDG Champions Programme, developed to raise public awareness of the SDGs and to demonstrate that everyone in society can make a contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The role of an SDG Champion is to act as an advocate and promoter of the SDGs and a good practice example of how an organisation can contribute to the SDGs and integrate them into their work and activities.
Speaking about the launch, Minister Ryan said, “I am delighted to be relaunching the SDG Champions programme for 2023-2024. We are facing major challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, with unprecedented pressures on our planet, economy and society, as well as the impacts brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now is the time to accelerate action towards achieving the goals, to build back better while leaving no-one behind.”
Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland stated, “We are proud to be selected as a champion for the SDGs over the next year. Chambers right across the country work hard to make their communities vibrant, inclusive, and prosperous places in which to live, work and do business. As champions we will use our influence to ensure we play our part in progressing awareness, engagement and action on the goals.”
Champions have been selected from across the public, private, community, voluntary, youth and NGO sectors and are represented by larger, national organisations and smaller, community groups.