On 25 April 2016 we formally launched UKSSD at the inaugural network conference Towards a sustainable UK.

With more than 100 representatives from leading businesses, charities, think tanks, academia and government present, the conference kick-started a national conversation about how the SDGs should be implemented in the UK.

An agenda for everyone, everywhere

Professor Sir David King gave a keynote speech highlighting the universality of the SDGs and the need for developed countries like the UK to recognise their role in implementing them at home. He particularly commented on the links between the SDGs and the Paris agreement, and the role developed countries like the UK have in modelling a transition to a low-carbon economy and society. Professor Sir David King said:

“The SDGs certainly present a challenge for both developing and developed countries. However, they also provide us with a massive opportunity to invest in a sustainable future where a low carbon economy works for people and planet alike.”

Welcoming the formation of the group, Sir David also recognised the crucial role the UK has played in the SDG process so far: “We now need to step up to the plate and demonstrate our continued leadership in this area.”

You can read more about what happened on the day in our Conference Report.

And here is what our delegates thought

Several of our stakeholders have also written about their experiences at the conference – their reflections are well worth a read!