In 2016 UKSSD coordinated written evidence submissions for the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry in to the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK and the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the UK.

In both cases, partners of the network were given an opportunity to comment on and amend a skeleton response. This was then collated and formerly submitted on the partner’s behalf.

For both evidence submissions, the network emphasised a number of key messages for  

  • The responsibility of the full SDG framework should be assigned to a Minister in Cabinet Office and championed by the Prime Minister.
  • Regular, transparent and inclusive reporting mechanisms should be established. This should include annual reporting by the Office of National Statistics on performance on a target-by-target basis, with data disaggregated in a way that ensures that no one is left behind. There should also be a multi-stakeholder group to consider how data can be collected and reported on.
  • The UK Government needs to develop a clear strategy for domestic resource mobilisation for SDG implementation in the UK.
  • The UK Government should put in place stronger and more formal mechanisms and processes for engaging with and including non-governmental stakeholders in the delivery of the SDGs.

In addition to our written evidence, Farooq Ullah from the Steering Group gave oral evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on behalf of the network.

Download our submissions to the EAC inquiry and Women and Equalities Committee inquiries.

Download the full report from the Women’s and Equalities Committee inquiry.

The report of the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry is expected in Spring 2017.