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Sustainable Development and Climate Action

A forthcoming Statement from the Council Grounding the Recovery in Sustainable Development outlines the importance of grounding the recovery in sustainable development. This can and should be considered alongside the Council’s other work on economic and social issues and that of the Secretariat on the Covid-19 crisis. It argues that internationally, and in Ireland, there is evidence that this may be a moment to re-set in terms of ambition and action to reduce emissions and biodiversity loss. The Statement sets out the contribution that NESC can make to help the Irish policy system to embrace this opportunity.

NESC is working on a number of key areas, identified in the Statement. These include:

  • Framing and driving policy action, including work on climate policy and just transition. NESC has recently hosted the EEAC Annual Conference in October 2020.
  • Projects focused on strengthening sustainability and resilience in cities and communities; and
  • Green investment and conditionality.

In addition, NESC will be included a focus on climate action and biodiversity as part of the Shared Island Project.