Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, the Department for International Developments new Secretary of State, has responded to UKSSD's brief to the Prime Minister underlining her personal commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the letter to UKSSD's Network Director Emily Auckland, the Secretary of State reiterates the Government's commitment to support the implement the Goals at home and abroad. She goes on to underline her personal commitment to the agenda, including using 'prominent plaforms to accelerate momentum, emphasise urgency, raise awareness, and bring others on board.'

Minister Trevelyan acknowledges the importance of collaboration and partnerships, issues emphasised in the brief sent in January, but does not outline specific steps to take this forward or respond to the clear asks within the brief. There is no further information about the stakeholder engagement mechanism the UK Government committed to in its Voluntary National Review

UKSSD will be writing in response to request a meeting with the Minister. 

The original brief to the Prime Minister was assembled from the views and expertise of the UKSSD network which includes leading businesses, academia and NGOs, the brief asked the PM to:

  1. Show leadership by signalling support for organisations to work together in the UK, across sectors and industries, to transform broken or failing systems
  2. Publicly communicate the importance of the SDGs and develop a more effective approach to their implementation
  3. Help the UK understand its performance on the SDGs by openly disclosing progress towards the targets

The brief gives clear expectations and instruction on how we can fast-forward the UK’s progress on the Goals. With collaboration at its core the detailed recommendations include helping to build and encourage partnerships, a coordinated communications campaign, and an independent monitoring and review process.

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