Earlier this month, a small group of UKSSD partners were invited to meet with Oliver Dowden, Minister for Implementation at the Cabinet Office, to discuss their views on current government processes for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Oliver Dowden, Minister for Implementation at the Cabinet Office, hosted a roundtable in May with UKSSD partners to hear their views on current government planning processes in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

At the moment, most departments make a reference to relevant SDGs in their Single Departmental Plans (SDPs) - the mechanism used to outline departmental objectives and plans to achieve them. This process could be a key cross-Government mechanism for planning the delivery of the SDGs, but the SDPs are falling short of the ambition and detail needed. They miss key links between policy areas and the Goals, and do not identify specific SDG targets.

Representatives at the meeting with Oliver Dowden included city-based organisations, businesses and charities with both domestic and international reach. They were unified in their message to the Minister that to deliver the SDGs, the UK Government needs a coherent plan, to engage stakeholders strategically, and to develop a cross-sector advisory group to have oversight for SDGs going forward.  

The Cabinet Office is reflecting on these inputs and we hope to have a positive update to share soon.