Asking for leadership: UKSSD Partner update

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Asking for leadership

UKSSD sent letters to the M8 & core cities Mayors in advance of their first meeting on the 23 October. In the letters we asked them to show the leadership needed to deliver the SDGs across the UK and highlighted how the Goals help us to address local challenges.

‘Cities and regions have the power – and the opportunity – to lead the charge on the SDGs in the UK by tackling challenges in innovative and collaborative ways’.

The letter was produced by Partners who discussed the idea at our workshop in September.

We also joined forces with UN Global Compact and Bond to issue a letter to David Lidington MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office. The letter raised our concerns about the lack of clarity on how stakeholders will be engaged in the UK’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) to the UN next year, beyond the online portal they launched earlier in the month.

We’re finalising our strategy and programmes after the Partner event in September and will share more detail soon.


Home Office Goal 16 Roundtable
16 Nov 2-4pm

UKSSD has been asked by the Home Office to invite organisations with expertise in SDG 16 to a roundtable to contribute to its section of the VNR. The event is open to anyone with expertise at a target level in Goal 16 and linked targets in Goals 5, 8, and 10. Please contact us if you would like to attend.

Transforming consumption
20 Nov 9am-12.30pm

What will consumption be like in 2030? How can we create products that enable people in the UK to live better, happier and healthier lives? Join us at our workshop with Bioregional to find out.

Register here.

Do you want to share your expertise on SDG topics? Do you have sticky questions you need help to answer? Are you looking for collaboration with like-minded organisations?

We’re developing a programme of inspiring and innovative annual events and want to work with Partners who can help design, facilitate and promote them. Get in touch with your ideas!


With the Environmental Audit Enquiry evidence session on Goal 2, the EU’s ban on single-use plastics and the new Agriculture and Fisheries Bills all in the news this month we thought it would be timely to re-share some of our blogs from Measuring up authors:

We need to rethink our food system to stand a chance of ending hunger in the UK

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, Dr Courtney Scott from the Food Foundation explains why a new agricultural policy will be essential if we want to end hunger and achieve SDG2 in the UK. Read her blog.

Our blue backyard, why the UK needs to do more for our ocean health

Our oceans have been fundamentally changed by human activity and the UK must go further if it’s going to achieve Goal 14. Alec Taylor of WWF UK has reason to hope a transformation is not too far away. Read his blog.

2020, an opportunity for nature and sustainable development

Several of the SDG targets on life on land under Goal 15 need to be achieved by 2020. As we move towards this deadline, Georgina Chandler from RSPB explains why UK leadership is critical to protect and restore life on land in the UK and internationally. Read her blog.

The UKSSD network creates a space for organisations to work together to drive action on the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK. Find out more or become a partner of the network today.

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Dear colleagues,

I note that the meeting with Home Office related to the UK’s voluntary national review about progress on Goal 16, may be of particular interest to you.

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