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Leaders call on Prime Minister to create socially just and green recovery from Covid19

In a letter coordinated UKSSD and UN Global Compact Network UK, leaders of over 150 businesses, civil society organisations and from public life have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create a socially just and green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic

The letter calls on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use the SDGs to consolidate and future proof Covid-19 recovery plans in the UK. Signatories include the leaders of Leonard Cheshire, NatWest Group, Nestle UK & Ireland, Linklaters, Good Energy, HSBC, Mott MacDonald and Unilever, and public figures such as filmmaker Richard Curtis, the Mayor of Bristol, the Chairman of the Local Government Association and Dr Mya-Rose Craig (aka Birdgirl). 

The letter recommends the SDGs are used to:

  • Prioritise the most vulnerable in our society and level-up regional and societal inequalities

  • Build coherent policies for a healthy planet and to aid the transition to net zero

  • Unite all sectors behind a plan to build a stronger and more resilient economy

It responds to a recent speech made by the Prime Minister where he said we must ‘work together to get shared goals back on track including [...] the Sustainable Development Goals’.

The letter supports this and states ‘we do not need to reinvent frameworks or agreements, we can instead use the global goals as the basis for a socially just and green recovery in the UK and abroad’.

Acknowledging the number of letters the PM has received calling for a green recovery and a net zero carbon future, the letter highlights that these environmental goals do not have to be in conflict with social and economic needs, and that the SDGs provide an ideal way of creating co-benefits.

On the launch of the letter, filmmaker and SDG Advocate Richard Curtis said:

'The COVID crisis has shown more than ever that we must work together to secure a better future. The Global Goals are a powerful tool to help us do this; they provide a common vision and a practical blueprint for collaboration. The breadth of support for this letter demonstrates a commitment to working with the UK government to deliver healthy lives, healthy societies and a healthy planet for everyone. We can only build back better together and I hope that the Government will use the Goals to help them do this.'


With Michael Izza, CEO of ICAEW adding: 

'The Sustainable Development Goals are an important framework to ensure governments and businesses are pursuing the long-term public interest, so we hope the Prime Minister will use them as a foundation for the UK's post-Covid recovery plans. As chartered accountants we think it's vital businesses look beyond profit and have a wider social purpose, and we're pleased to have so many organisations join our call to government to put these goals front and centre.' 

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