It specifies goals to be achieved by the year 2030. While they are not legally binding, all countries adopted them. For details see:
Several of the UN (United Nations) goals overlap. They address many topics including water, energy, climate, oceans, urbanisation, transport,
science and technology. Associated with the 17 goals are 169 targets.
A number of goals relate directly to the marine, particularly:
• Goal 14. Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
• GOAL 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Global and national targets
Each of the goals has several associated targets and indicators.
The targets detail what should be achieved by specified dates. In all there are 169 targets. The indicators specify what should be measured to show (or ‘indicate’) the extent to which a target has been achieved. In all there are 232 distinct indicators.
Each of the countries involved undertook to devise a national plan for the achievement of the goals.
In April 2018 the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, launched Ireland’s Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018 – 2020. It specified which government department was mainly responsible for each target. The plan may be found here: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/documents/DCCAE-National-Implement-Plan.pdf