In Ireland and globally, governments are grappling with how to bring about a recovery from the impacts of Covid-19. The context for action is still evolving, and uncertainty remains about the medical and epidemiological course of the pandemic. The scale of the urgency and level of transformative change required to deliver on Ireland’s 2030 climate targets and the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be overstated. However, there is strong agreement at EU level and in Ireland that the response to the Covid-19 crisis can also be used to tackle long-standing economic, social and environmental challenges. Given the scale of investment needed to address the impacts of Covid-19, there may be a ‘once in a century’ moment to reset towards a low-carbon and resilient economy, rather than return to normal. This Statement from the Council stresses the importance of grounding the recovery in sustainable development. It should be considered alongside the Council’s other work on economic and social issues and that of the Secretariat on the Covid-19 crisis.