Sustainable Development Goals – Leaving No One Behind


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to transform our world. They are a call to action to end poverty and inequality, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy health, justice and prosperity.

Leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first are central commitments given under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The themes of inclusion, tolerance and empowerment run throughout Agenda 2030.


The objective of the 2030 Agenda is that all people, in all countries, are to benefit from the achievement of the SDGs and the full realisation of human rights.

“As we embark on this great collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. Recognizing that the dignity of the human person is fundamental, we wish to see the Goals and targets met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society. And we will endeavour to reach the furthest behind first.” 2030 Agenda, paragraph 4

As part of the 2030 Agenda, 193 United Nation Member States committed to

  • achieving more inclusive economies and societies;
  • ending discrimination;
  • empowering women and girls;
  • reducing inequalities,
  • ending extreme poverty.


In order to progress work in this area the  Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications has arranged a meeting of the National Stakeholder Forum that will take place on Tuesday 17 January, Online and in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin from 10.30am – 4.30pm. (Open to all once you register)

The Forum meeting will focus on the key principle of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development of Leaving No One Behind.

We would like to hear from you about what you believe national and local policymakers should take into account when developing policy to ensure that no one is left behind.

The messages developed as part of this meeting will be shared across national and local governments and will be used as part of the development of Sustainable Development Goals training for civil servants and local authority officers.

We would like this to be an open and inclusive conversation.

Everyone is welcome and every effort will be made to meet the needs of all participants.

The Event

The event will include speakers talking about their lived experiences, workshops, performances and a panel discussion. A full agenda will be made available on this page shortly.

Those attending in person will be invited to attend workshops to develop key messages for national and local policymakers in respect of Leaving No One Behind.

Those attending online will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of these key messages through polls and questions and answers.

Additional information on in-person and online attendance will be made available following registration.


Registration for the event is now open. Please click here to register.


Ireland played a central role in the development of the SDGs. Our then Ambassador to the UN, Mr David Donoghue, and the Kenyan Ambassador Macharia Kamau were appointed co-facilitators of the final phase of intergovernmental negotiations.

The agreement of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change made 2015 a landmark year in international cooperation towards a sustainable world, and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) plays a key role in both agendas.

To learn more please click here

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing collection and drop-off services for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Yearly Recycle IT offered drop-off and collection services to thousands of homes and organisations across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, televisions, toasters, cables, lawnmowers, monitors, microwaves and kettles.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

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