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Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

Our Sustainable Future – A Framework for Sustainable Development for Ireland  (OSF) was published in June 2012. The OSF was adopted by the Irish Government in 2012 as part of Irelands input into the Rio+20 Summit in 2012.

The OSF takes account of developments at international and EU level designed to deliver an effective transition to an innovative, low carbon and resource efficient future.  If was developed focusing on identifying key gaps where progress since 1997 has been limited and setting out a range of measures to address the outstanding challenges.

The original NSDS was adopted by the Irish Government in 1997. For the World Summit on SD in 2002, Ireland published “Making Ireland’s Development Sustainable - Review, Assessment and Further Action”.

Type of SD strategy

OSF covers all three dimensions of SD plus international issues

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Link to the SD strategy

1.    Our Sustainable Future (2012) – Main Document Environment/SustainableDevelopment/PublicationsDocuments/
2.    Our Sustainable Future (2012) – Summary Environment/SustainableDevelopment/PublicationsDocuments/
3.    Our Sustainable Future (2012) – Acronyms Environment/SustainableDevelopment/PublicationsDocuments/
4.    Green Public Procurement (23012) Environment/SustainableDevelopment/GreenPublicProcurement/PublicationsDocuments/
5.    'Sustainable Development - A Strategy for Ireland' (1997)
6.    'Making Ireland's Development Sustainable: review, assessment and future action' (2002)

    The full list(s) of NSDS objectives as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:

    Further information about
    the SD strategy process



    This Country Profile has been last updated on: Tuesday, 20 August 2013

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