We need a better plan for food in the UK

Organisations in UKSSD’s Food System Programme are working together to produce a roadmap for the UK food sector so they can play their part to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this blog Jason Perks of UKSSD’s steering group and Senior Director of Sustainability at DNV GL explains why this roadmap is needed. Read more

Hope for the future: Our SDG action plan

Our 2030 action plan has been launched. But why are we doing it? Our Co-chair Jeff Twentyman explains why the action plan is crucial for the UK if it’s to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Read more

The UK’s food system - a tale of two halves

Our 2018 landmark report, Measuring up, showed that the UK was only performing well on 24% of the Sustainable Development Goal targets. As we work with our partners to accelerate progress on the Goals, UKSSD Network Director Emily Auckland explains why we’ve chosen to start with the UK’s broken food system. Read more

Why how we work together is important

At our recent workshop with Bond, we helped people explore the importance of how we work together on the Sustainable Development Goals, rather than what we are trying to achieve. In this blog, UKSSD Network Director Emily Auckland shares her reflections on the event Read more

You’ve declared a climate emergency, so what now?

An increasing number of businesses, charities and local governments are declaring climate emergencies. But a declaration only goes so far. In this blog Emily Auckland, UKSSD Network Director, explains why the Sustainable Development Goals give organisations a practical and comprehensive tool to deliver on their declaration. Read more

The climate crisis: why the UK needs to stay on the front foot

The UK needs to mobilise commitment and resources, and go much further and faster to address the climate crisis. In this blog Lucian Hudson, Chair of Earthwatch Europe, urges for greater concerted action by the UK Government in leading the world in climate mitigation. Read more

Smoothing the road for Agenda 2030 in Scotland

Without the right culture, it’s easy to talk ourselves out of collaboration and simpler to avoid challenging the dynamics that come with partnership working. In this blog Paul Bradley, Policy & Campaigns Officer at SCVO, argues that when it comes to the Sustainable Development Goals we can’t afford to get this culture wrong. Read more

UK Voluntary National Review: good signs of progress but it’s a missed opportunity

On 26 June 2019 the UK Government published its Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals. In this blog we share some of the highlights and challenges in the review. Read more

Eight reasons to be cheerful

Almost a year since we published our landmark report, Measuring up, parliamentarians took part in the first Commons debate on the Sustainable Development Goals since they were agreed in 2015. As momentum continues to build, UKSSD Network Director Emily Auckland explains why she refuses to be swayed from her belief that the UK can achieve the Goals. Read more

Five things we’ve learnt about localising the Sustainable Development Goals

While the UK Government has done little to facilitate the adoption of the SDGs by local actors, there are pockets of activity emerging from the bottom-up to make our cities and communities safer and more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable. Kristina Diprose, from Realising Just Cities, reflects on lessons from a recent workshop on localising the Sustainable Development Goals co-organised with UKSSD. Read more

Smoke and mirrors? The UK Voluntary National Review Main Messages

On 17 May the UK Government published its Main Messages from its Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals. In this blog Dominic White, advocacy lead for the UKSSD Steering Group, explains why the reflective tone is positive but the absence of detail continues to leave us waiting for the review itself. Read more

We need to put people at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. In this blog Andreas Pavlou, from Involve, explains that to tackle complicated and interconnected issues we need citizens and government to work together. Read more

Solving the stakeholder engagement challenge

UKSSD’s partners working with local communities use a variety of approaches to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from informal networks to working with local councils. Here we share five common ways they work to implement the SDGs through stakeholder engagement Read more

Forests: A breath of fresh air?

Air is a non-negotiable requirement for most living things but in the increasingly industrialised world the quality of our air is a major concern. Forests could hold the key. In this blog Tallulah Chapman, Communications Manager of Forest Stewardship Council UK, explains how. Read more

How can the UK become a leader in sustainable development?

The International Development Select Committee has been taking evidence on the Government’s approach to developing its Voluntary National Review. In this blog Andrew Griffiths, Head of Advocacy at Sightsavers, sets out what we need for the UK to become a leader in sustainable development. Read more

The UK social value agenda can kick-start progress towards the SDGs

The social value movement in the UK has gained momentum after the enactment of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. In this blog Agnese Mizia, from the Social Value Portal, explains how the movement could kick-start progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK. Read more

A national review needs national conversation

The success of the SDGs will be determined by the willingness of governments to implement them in a deep and open dialogue with stakeholders. In this blog Paul Bradley, SDG Network Scotland Coordinator, explains how stakeholders are working with the Scottish Government to make sure this happens. Read more

'Making Global Goals Local Business'

In 2018 the UN Global Compact Network UK ran its second Sustainable Development Goal roadshow in 11 UK cities. In this blog Marc Robin, Global Goals Programme Manager, shares their lessons on local business engagement. Read more

We need to work together if we’re to stem the tide of denial and fake news

The urgent need to act for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement is being drowned out by political narratives and Brexit. In this blog Neil Johnston, CEO of Paddington Development Trust, argues that our communities offer a solution if we can build unity and speak with one voice. Read more

Local action can provide a solution to the SDGs

If we want the UK to achieve the SDGs, and to make sure that all people benefit, action needs to take place at all levels of society and reflect the unique contexts of regions, cities and communities. Some of our Partners are leading this charge, here we share some of their experiences. Read more

How information can help consumers support the SDGs

Individuals are critical in driving the change towards better environmental and societal outcomes. In this blog Jo Hand, Co-founder of Giki, explains how their app makes it easy for consumers to make informed choices to help the UK achieve SDG12 on sustainable consumption and production. Read more

The four things you need to know to get started with the Sustainable Development Goals

There’s a lot of information available on the Sustainable Development Goals. If you’re new to them, getting the basics right will make life a lot easier. Emily Auckland, UKSSD Network Director, shares four things you need to know Read more

Partner view: Mike Hanson, BaxterStorey

To celebrate becoming UKSSD’s 100th Partner, we ask Mike Hanson, Head of Sustainable Business at BaxterStorey, what the Sustainable Development Goals mean to their business, the opportunity for the food service and hospitality sector and why they’ve joined UKSSD Read more

Why we need to work with, and for, young people for the SDGs to succeed

On Friday 30 November 2018, thousands of school children in 30 cities and towns in Australia skipped school to protest about the Australian Government’s inadequate climate policies. In this blog Tara Walsh, Senior Learning Designer at MakeMatic, explains why young people hold the key to SDG success Read more