SDG Advocacy Working Group


Be a part of these highly interactive meetings which provide an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in frank conversations about advancing the 2030 Agenda. The group will hear from guest speakers including, but not limited to, government officials, NGOs, and businesses working on advancing the Global Goals.

The Working Group will explore opportunities to shape a responsible business environment in a post-Covid world and influence the Government’s activities on the SDGs. The group is open to all members and external stakeholders. The Working Group was launched in October 2020 to build on the momentum generated by both UKSSD and the UN Global Compact Network UK around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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MEASURING UP: How the UK is performing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2018, UKSSD coordinated its Measuring Up report which reviewed, for the first time, how the UK was performing against the SDG Targets, the wider policy context, and the historical trends that affect us achieving the Goals. Unfortunately, there is still a need for the UK Government to demonstrate the top-level political leadership that is needed to realise the SDGs in the UK by 2030.
It’s time to Measure Up again and establish how and where the Government, and other stakeholders, should focus efforts. Join the SDG Advocacy Working Group to get involved and sign up to the mailing list below to receive updates on the report.


Launch Meeting: October 2020
The group explored three key areas where it could steer its advocacy actions, led by guest speakers:

  • Davide Stronati, Mott MacDonald – speaking about government procurement and the SDGs;
  • Allan MacLeod, Bristol City Office – sharing insights on cities, universities, and local action;
  • Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales – discussing the Future Generations Act and national implementation of the Goals.

Read a summary report of the meeting here.

Q1 Meeting: January 2021
The group discussed local action and possible outputs. We also welcomed a discussion around the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill (UK) and how members could support the campaign, led by:

  • Lord John Bird, MBE, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Big Issue;
  • Priya Shivaram, Parliamentary Research Assistant, Office of Lord Bird.

Watch a recording of our guest speakers here, and read a summary report of the meeting here.

Meeting: July 2021
Held during the Responsible Business & SDGs Summit, a panel of speakers led a discussion on the need for local action on the SDGs, and shared examples of their work in this area, including:

  • Rt Hon Justine Greening, Former Cabinet Minister and Founder and Chair; Social Mobility Pledge and Levelling Up Goals;
    • Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice;
    • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol;
    • Junko Ota, Policy Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); and
    • Stella Psarropoulou, Coordination & Management, Dept. Operations Planning & Development, Monitoring Programs Municipality of Thessaloniki

The group discussed the practical challenges and opportunities of advancing the SDGs on a local scale. Watch a recording of our guest speakers here, and read a summary report of the meeting here.

Meeting: December 2021
The group discussed the 2018 Measuring Up report and the value in updating the report ahead of the High-level Political Forum in 2022. Guest speakers also shared their insights:

  • Andrew Griffiths and Lilei Chow, Co-Chairs of the Bond SDGs Group – speaking about their plans to Measure Up the UK’s international performance;
  • Graham Long – speaking about data.

Sign up to our SDG Advocacy mailing list to get involved in the next Measuring Up report.

Join the SDG Advocacy Working Group
The Working Group convenes quarterly. If you would like to find out more and/or join our mailing list, please contact Global Goals Programme Manager, Jessica Lobo.