The future of UKSSD

We are pleased to share that the mission of UKSSD will soon be finding a new home at the UN Global Compact Network UK.

 

UKSSD has become an influential and thriving cross-sector network. Together its partners want to create a future where all people in the UK have a good life on a healthy planet – a vision the Sustainable Development Goals help to realise.

Since launching in 2015, UKSSD has been hosted by Bioregional, a fantastic small charity. The current hosting arrangement has placed a huge amount of responsibility for UKSSD on them, which is not sustainable in the long term. 

During the last 12 months we’ve been implementing plans to grow our team and spin out UKSSD as a separate entity. Like many, the current climate has impacted on our strategy and we have been working on an alternative plan.  

This plan has been implemented now because our Network Director, Emily Auckland, will be leaving to take on a new role at the end of July. 

We had already been in exciting discussions about a closer relationship between UKSSD and the UN Global Compact Network UK (GCN). Emily’s departure has brought this forward and we are now moving UKSSD’s mission to GCN.  

We’re confident GCN is the right home for the network given the complete alignment in our commitment to the SDGs in the UK. Steve Kenzie, GCN Executive Director, was a founding partner of UKSSD and sat on the steering group for the first three years. Our recent collaboration on a letter to the Prime Minister is evidence of the combined weight of our networks and hopefully means we can go further together. 

UKSSD’s work has been a powerful demonstration of what can be achieved through collaboration among different sectors and industries. Our existing projects will live on through the work of GCN and our partners. They will continue to make an important contribution to accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Bioregional for hosting UKSSD’s team to date, and to our partners, allies and friends for all of their support.

Jeff Twentyman & Victoria Page

UKSSD Co-chairs

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