Shoehorning the Sustainable Development Goals

How can we make sure that Government policies are coherent across our economic, social and environmental systems? Prof. Stephen Martin reports on his learning following an OECD event exploring Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development.Read more

What does consumption need to look like in 2030?

What does consumption need to look like in 2030? How do we transform how we live, work and do business? At a workshop with our Partners at Bioregional, we explored the challenges of overconsumption in the UK through the lens of Sustainable Development Goal 12 on a bright morning in November.Read more

This show does not have to go on

Last week leaders from across the UK’s faith communities came together to support a letter to the Prime Minister, calling on her to act on her duty to deliver the SDGs. In this blog Emily Auckland, UKSSD's Network Director, challenges us all to use our voice to eradicate poverty in the UK.Read more

Material to who? An alternative for business action on the Sustainable Development Goals

Transformational action is needed if we’re to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 – under 12 years from now. Emily Auckland, UKSSD Network Director, proposes an alternative approach for business action on the Goals, starting with understanding who the Goals matter for and are material toRead more

Picking cherries or peeling onions? Making an impact on the Sustainable Development Goals

Organisations are embracing the Sustainable Development Goals but how do they decide what to measure to aid effective decision-making? Catherine Manning from Social Value UK shares her views.Read more

Three essential lessons for driving action on the Sustainable Development Goals

Three-years ago global leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York and committed to the Sustainable Development Goals. As Farooq Ullah steps down as Co-chair of UKSSD, he looks back at our last three years to celebrate what he sees as our greatest successes.Read more

How cruelty free cosmetic production could help deliver the SDGs

Within the 2030 Agenda, there is very little reference to protecting animals or the benefits that this could bring to achieving a better planet for all. Jack McQuibban of Cruelty Free International, one of UKSSD’s newest partners, shares his thoughts on the need for greater recognition of the positive role protecting animals could have on the Sustainable Development Goals.Read more

Cities could help the UK achieve the SDGs but they’re not on track, yet

Our cities and communities are an integral part of the UK. Thomas Bugler from Sysdoc explores how to ensure these important focal points for UK social, economic and cultural development continue to advance the SDGs.Read more

Measuring up in The Big Apple

Following the launch of our Measuring up report we were fortunate to be able to join stakeholders from around the world at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York. The annual event has shown we’re on the right track – but there’s more work to do.Read more

How business and civil society together can harness consumers’ voices to support Sustainable Development Goal 12

Seven million people have joined the fight to end cosmetic animal testing. As The Body Shop becomes UKSSD’s 90th Partner, Jessie Macneil-Brown shares how business and civil society can work together to harness consumers’ voices to support SDG12.Read more

The UK - A great nation that is failing too many of its citizens

Following his work on Measuring up, Professor John McKendrick of Glasgow Caledonian University asks why a great nation like the UK is failing too many of its citizens and what chance we have of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1 – to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.Read more

Why the UK needs to build greater resilience against climate risks today

How can the UK take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts? Fiona Franklin from Earthwatch Europe considers the importance of building resilience against the risks of climate change.Read more

Progress on Goal 12 should start at home, and it needs to be aspirational

Sustainable consumption and production needs to be easy and sexy says Sue Riddlestone OBE of Bioregional. In this blog she explains how we could get started on Goal 12 in the UKRead more

Substantially increase the share of renewable energy by 2030? Not on today’s sloped playing field

The UK needs to substantially increase the share of renewable energy by 2030 to achieve Target 7.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Poppy Maltby from Regen explores whether this is possible given today’s sloped playing field.Read more

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 awayRead more

Stronger action required to protect UK’s water environment in the face of growing pressures

While many in the UK take cheap, clean, plentiful water for granted, to achieve SDG 6 targets we need to manage our water resources and the water environment better in the face of increasing pressures. Alastair Chisholm from CIWEM explains.Read more

Interdependencies provide a compelling sustainable development purpose for civil engineers in the UK

The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) enable us to recognise interdependencies and provide an ambitious but achievable focus for action in all countries, not just those that are ‘developing’. Davide Stronati, Global Sustainability Leader at Mott MacDonald and Chair of the Sustainability Leadership Team at the Institution of Civil Engineers explainsRead more

How hard is it to score the 17th Goal?

Partnerships are central to the achievement of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but partners need to be proactive and willing. Victor Anderson from the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity explains why the UK’s progress so far has been limited.Read more

2020, an opportunity for nature and sustainable development

Several of the Sustainable Development Goal (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 more

The world of humanity has two wings – one is women and the other men

Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality will not be possible in the UK unless women and girls are recognised for their uniqueness, and unless they work alongside men to change hearts and minds. Barbara Cleary, Trustee at the National Alliance for Women’s Organisations explains.Read more

Lighting a fire to re-design our presence on the planet

Is the way we teach young people the answer to achieving all of the SDGs? May East of Gaia Education wants to change the way we view learning to help re-design human presence on the planetRead more

Is enough happening to keep us healthy in the UK?

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goal targets on health will require efforts well beyond the health care system. Is enough happening to keep us healthy in the UK? Emma Spencelayh from the Health Foundation explores.Read more

Could the socio-economic duty be a way to reduce inequalities in the UK?

The UK Government committed to reducing inequalities through Sustainable Development Goal 10. Three years later things aren’t on track but is the socio-economic duty the solution we need? Koldo Casla from Just Fair explains.Read more

Securing peace, justice and effective institutions in the future rests on us taking action now

Andreas Pavlou from Involve asks whether a prosperous future is possible for the UK without bold action to implement Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.Read more