Published on February 21, 2018

Work begins on first comprehensive assessment of the UK’s performance against the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Open government

By Andreas Pavlou

Andreas Pavlou is Network Lead at Involve and coordinates the UK Open Government Network. He believes that increased transparency, better citizen participation mechanisms and greater accountability are key to improving decision-making in government and the quality of democracy in the UK.

Work has begun to drive action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK. The project by th UKSSD network will look at each of the 17 Goals and 169 targets and analyse the UK’s domestic performance. It will outline the opportunity the Goals offer and the type of actions needed if they are to be achieved by 2030.

Involve is working with partners and members of the UKSSD network to review the UK’s performance against United Nations SDG 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

We’ve now reached an important milestone as the initial research is complete and our draft findings are ready to be opened to stakeholder review.

We are calling for organisations to volunteer to review the findings and contribute their own expertise to help shape the recommended actions for how the UK can achieve the Goals by 2030.

The review of initial findings will take place between 2 February until 16 March, and so far over 140 organisations have signed up to be involved. Organisations can register to take part here.

“The SDGs offer the opportunity to create a new social contract between government and citizens, to address systemic problems in a coherent way, and to create a culture of collaboration and partnership with stakeholders in the UK. Our stakeholder-led report will be a crucial step in generating a new partnership with government so we can work together to deliver the SDGs. It will provide it with a foundation from which to build its own report, and will help us to build momentum and support for the SDGs in the UK.” Emily Auckland, UKSSD Network Director

Once the review process is complete, this wide-ranging and in-depth performance assessment will be incorporated into a report to be launched during the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held in New York in July 2018.

The report will include recommended actions that the Government needs to take in the UK if we are to meet the SDGs by the 2030 deadline.

Meet the Goal leads

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Glasgow Caledonian University
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture The Food Foundation
Goal 3:  Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages The Health Foundation
Goal 4:  Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Gaia Education
Goal 5:  Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls National Alliance of Women’s Organisations
Goal 6:  Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all CIWEM
Goal 7:  Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Regen
Goal 8:  Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all The Trade Union’s Congress
Goal 9:  Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation To be announced
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Just Fair
Goal 11:  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Sysdoc
Goal 12:  Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Bioregional
Goal 13:  Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Earthwatch Institute
Goal 14:  Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development WWF-UK
Goal 15:  Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss RSPB
Goal 16:  Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels Involve
Goal 17:  Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

UKSSD supporters

A number of UKSSD network partners and members have demonstrated leadership by sponsoring UKSSD to deliver the project and engagement activities with stakeholders for particular Goals.

The UKSSD would like to thank the following for their support: WWF-UK, Pearson, Thai Union, ICAEW, Stakeholder Forum

There are still chapter sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Emily Auckland to find out more.

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