We are honoured to be able to continue the mission of UKSSD to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK
Since launching in 2015, UKSSD grew to become an influential and thriving cross-sector network. Together its partners worked to create a future where all people in the UK have a good life on a healthy planet – a vision the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) help to realise and one that we have shared since its inception.
The hosting arrangement with the charity Bioregional placed a huge amount of responsibility for UKSSD on them, which was not sustainable in the long term and UKSSD’s steering group wanted to do something about it. Like many, the current climate has impacted on the plans they made and after the announcement that their Network Director, Emily Auckland, was leaving to take on a new role it was time to find a new home for the UKSSD mission.
Our recent collaboration on a letter to the Prime Minister is evidence of the combined weight of our networks and we had already been in exciting discussions about a closer relationship between the UN Global Compact Network UK and UKSSD. We’re honoured to continue UKSSD’s mission and some of their key pieces of work in advancing the SDGs in the UK.
UKSSD’s work will live on through three main projects:
- Quarterly SDG Huddles: an opportunity for UKSSD partners and UN Global Compact Network UK members to explore ideas for collective action on the SDGs.
- Food System Working Group: continuing the UKSSD’s work on the food system, the Working Group will bring together organisations in the food and beverage sector to use the SDGs to identify actions to shape the system and explore opportunities for collaboration within the sector.
- SDG Advocacy Working Group: launching in October 2020, the new SDG Advocacy Working Group will explore opportunities to further shape a responsible business environment, engage with the UK Government, and continue UKSSD’s work in driving collaborative action for the Global Goals.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Emily Auckland for her brilliant work and leadership. We wish her all the best with her next role.