national Network
Region: Europe

SDSN Ireland is an all island network, hosted by University College Cork and Queen's University Belfast. Established in 2023, SDSN Ireland mobilizes its members in Ireland and leverages their strengths to help realize the SDGs. Key focus areas include supporting capacity building for local implementation of SDGs (including workshops and training to upskill teaching staff on Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Literacy); raising SDGs awareness building on initiatives undertaken by the host institutions; localizing the SDGs but also engaging with high-level stakeholders, for example, through the collaboration on Ireland’s VNR; and building wider partnerships and research collaborations aimed at co-developing and co-creating solutions for the SDGs with a North-South focus.

The Network Contributes to the Voluntary National Review Process

SDSN Ireland authored the "Higher and Further Education" chapter in the Irish Voluntary National Review and is planning to collaborate with the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications on their Voluntary Local Review initiative in 2024.

The Network's Workshops, Lectures, and Papers Focus on Achieving the SDGs

SDSN Ireland focused it efforts on promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) via workshops and lectures, including “Catalyzing Change: Balancing Activism and Academic Research in Sustainability” for SDSN Northern Europe. Additionally, a paper was presented at the 2023 ICSD conference on a novel pedagogy for ESD. In 2024, workshops are planned for SDSN members in Ireland and Northern Europe on the integration of SDGs across the curricula.

SDSN Ireland Leadership Participate in International Fora

SDSN Ireland leadership remain active in key international discussions and fora. Ambassador David Donoghue, SDSN Ireland Executive Committee Chair, convened a panel on “Accelerating Multilateralism with Transformations in Science Policy Practice Interfaces” at the UN SDG Summit. And the SDSN Ireland manager was presented at the 2nd and 3rd Irish National SDG Stakeholder Fora and attended COP28 as an observer.

SDSN Ireland Network Members

Organization Country Network Sector
University College Dublin Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)
Trinity College Dublin Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)
Dublin City University Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)
IST-Africa Institute Ireland IrelandEurope Research Institution
University College Cork Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)
Kemmy Business School Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)
Ryan Institute, University of Galway Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute),Research Institution
Atlantic Technological University Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)
RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)
Voice Of Irish Concern for the Environment Ireland IrelandEurope Non-Governmental Organization
University of Galway Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)
Technological University Dublin Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)
Queen's University Belfast Northern Ireland,Ireland IrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Northern Ireland,Ireland IrelandEurope Non-Governmental Organization
Ulster University United Kingdom,Northern Ireland,Ireland United KingdomEuropeIrelandEurope University (Department/Institute)

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John O'Halloran

  • Co-Chair
  • SDSN Ireland (All)

Ian Greer

  • Co-Chair
  • SDSN Ireland (All)

John Barimo

  • Network Manager
  • SDSN Ireland (All)

SDSN Focal Point

Marta García Haro

  • Senior Manager
  • Networks Program