Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Demanding action from the Prime Minister on the Sustainable Development Goals
FSC UK has contributed to the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development’s (UKSSD) brief delivered to Prime Minister Boris Johnson today. The letter urges the Prime Minister to ensure the UK government upholds its commitment to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What are the SDGs?
The SDGs aim to ensure a better world, for people and the planet, by 2030. Made up of 17 goals, they are a universal call to action adopted by all UN member states in 2015. They intend to address some of the greatest social and environmental challenges around the world, and the need for economic growth while ensuring environmental protection.
SDGs in the UK
In 2018, the UKSSD found that the UK is failing to perform on 76% of the targets under the 17 Goals. People in the UK are being left behind, and we are consuming far more than our share of the planet’s natural resources. With only 10 years to the deadline, it is crucial that we accelerate progress to deliver the goals and build a better future for generations to come.
We are proud to have collaborated with the UKSSD on their brief sent to the Prime Minister today which asks him to:
- Show leadership by signalling support for organisations to work together in the UK, across sectors and industries, to transform broken or failing systems.
- Publicly communicate the importance of the SDGs and develop a more effective approach to their implementation.
- Help the UK understand its performance on the SDGs by openly disclosing progress towards the targets.