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Fáilte Ireland Named Sustainable Development Goal Champion

By Dave Simpson
Fáilte Ireland Named Sustainable Development Goal Champion

Fáilte Ireland has been named as a Sustainable Development Goal Champion for 2023-24, in an initiative announced by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, according to a statement published on the national tourism development authority’s website.


According to the statement published on, as an SDG Champion, Fáilte Ireland will act as an advocate and promoter of the SDGs across the tourism sector, supporting tourism businesses to develop sustainable practices.

Some 26 organisations from across Ireland that are leaders in driving forward Ireland’s progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will participate in the programme, the aim of which is to raise public awareness thereof.

Champions have been selected from across the public, private, community, voluntary, youth and NGO sectors, represented by large national organisations and small community groups.



The statement published on quoted Minister Ryan as saying, “I am delighted to be relaunching the SDG Champions programme for 2023-2024. We are facing major challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, with unprecedented pressures on our planet, economy and society, as well as the impacts brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now is the time to accelerate action towards achieving the goals, to build back better while leaving no one behind.

“The SDG Champions programme recognises that the SDGs are for everyone, and that everyone can make a contribution to their success. Over 80 organisations applied to take part in the programme this year, underlining the readiness of Irish society to assist in ensuring that Ireland becomes a global leader in achieving the goals. Achieving the SDG targets by 2030 is a collective task that cannot be accomplished without partnership. My department looks forward to a successful collaboration with this year’s champions, as we work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda in Ireland.”

The statement published on also quoted its director of sector development, Jenny De Saulles, as saying, “Sustainable development has been a key area of focus for Fáilte Ireland for a number of years now, and we are proud to be appointed Sustainable Development Champions today. As the national tourism development authority in Ireland, we are strategically identifying and building the SDGs into our work programmes, and we look forward to using this platform to further enhance our ability to support and empower the tourism sector to play our collective part in the delivery of the SDG targets.”

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