Social Justice Ireland’s Sustainable Progress Index 2019 ‘Measuring Progress: Economy, Society and Environment in Ireland’ was published in February 2019. The report measures Ireland’s progress in meeting each of the 17 SDGs compared to its peer countries in the EU-15.
The report finds Ireland is in the top third for 3 SDGs. The analysis suggests that Ireland does well on SDGs relating to Quality Education (SDG 4); Peace and Justice (SDG 16) and Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6). On these Ireland is ranked 2nd, 4th and 5th respectively. Ireland has a good reputation internationally for quality education, and skilled graduates are in high demand.
However, the report also highlights 4 SDGs are in the bottom third: Reduced Inequalities (SDG10); Partnerships for the Goals, (SDG 17); Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7); and Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12). Of the 15 countries studied, Ireland is ranked 11th, 11th 12th and 14th, respectively on these. Significant challenges lie ahead if Ireland is to achieve its objectives on these goals.
Download and read the full report here.