Environmental and Societal Frameworks Designed on Wellbeing
The Sustainable Development Goals
The sustainable development trajectory, introduced by the United Nations, encompasses 17 post-2015 goals that have, to a great extent, been integrated into global environmental policy, as well as other policy sectors. They were designed and adopted by countries around the world, determined to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. The majority of the SDGs are clearly relevant to improving human health and wellbeing, with one of its goals (Goal 3) completely dedicated to this topic. The sustainable development framework reflects the strong relationship between improved health and wellbeing and sustainable living.
Sustainable Development Adoption in Ireland
Broad details of how Ireland will work towards a sustainable development pathway are contained within its strategic national policy document, Project Ireland 2040, where sustainability challenges are expected to be integrated and addressed within policy to meet Ireland's future societal, environmental and economic needs (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 2018).
Findings from the recently introduced Public Participation Networks (PPNs), aimed at enhancing public participation in decision making, show that ensuring sustainability in local communities is a priority objective for the public of Ireland. PPNs are now established in every county and city across Ireland, based on three pillars: environment, social inclusion, and community and voluntary.
Healthy Ireland is a government led initiative that responds to targets set in the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 3 in improving the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Ireland.
To view Ireland's progress towards reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages” please visit Ireland's SDG Geohive website.
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