The UK is committed to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. The most effective way to do this is by ensuring that the Goals are fully embedded in planned activity of each Government department. The most effective mechanism for coordinating implementation is the departmental planning process.
The Sustainable Development Goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a historic global agreement to eradicate extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and leave no one behind. Agreed by world leaders at the UN in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The SDGs are universal with all signatories expected to contribute to them internationally and deliver them domestically.
The UK was at the forefront of negotiating the SDGs and will be at the forefront of delivering them. The UK lobbied hard to make sure the SDGs support the continuation of work undertaken through the MDGs.
The UK Government published a
Voluntary National Review reporting on the UK’s progress so far on delivering the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in June 2019. This is due to be presented at the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2019.
Below you can see some of the ways that the Government is supporting the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
How we will achieve this Provide global leadership on girls’ education which is key to progress in so many countries, including by continuing to spearhead the cross-government global girls’ education campaign, Leave No Girl Behind, in partnership with the FCO Provide targeted, place-based support, across the Department for Education’s remit from early years through to post-16 and skills, in the areas that need it, including through our opportunity areas Promote the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children and young people including through implementing the commitments made in response to the Timpson review to ensure schools can support children at risk of exclusion, and ensure they have access to high-quality education after exclusion Deliver T Levels as a gold standard for technical and professional excellence, ensuring our young people can access a world-class education whichever route they choose Promote digital skills and inclusion by continuing to tackle the root causes of digital exclusion and increasing digital capability Promote a diverse and inclusive culture across defence, allowing everyone to reach their potential, and ensuring the armed forces better reflect the society they serve Make effective use of the new prison education reforms and complete the rollout of the New Futures Network, to increase the number of prisoners in education or employment during their sentences which improves employment opportunities on release Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
How we will achieve this Support UK businesses to grow internationally in a sustainable way Support the creation of a stronger, cleaner, more productive economy Deliver the government’s Good Work Plan, announced in December 2018, acting on virtually all recommendations of the Matthew Taylor Review, focusing on ensuring fair and decent work, clarity for workers and employers and fairer enforcement. This also includes implementing secondary legislation reforms to protect agency workers Increase economic growth by encouraging innovation, addressing current and future cyber threats and establishing the conditions needed for a sustainable industry funded model Increase employment and productivity, ensuring strong growth and competitiveness across all regions of the UK through a comprehensive package of structural reforms, taking advantage of the opportunities provided by leaving the EU Support UK businesses by ensuring the flow of trade is preserved through cross-government contingency planning, whilst keeping our borders secure and ensuring collection of any tax and duties Keep the Government on course to meet its fiscal rules by reducing the structural deficit below 2% of GDP and get debt falling by 2020/21, guiding the UK to a balanced budget by the middle of the next decade
How we will achieve this Build resilient Overseas Territories with good governance, increasingly diversified economies and prosperous communities, able to better prepare for and recover from crisis Harness digital technologies to drive inclusive economic growth and alleviate poverty, including through a technology accelerator programme to bring UK and African entrepreneurs together to learn from each other Support world leading science and innovation by agreeing a roadmap to meet the 2.4% R&D investment target by 2027 Support growth and security through international partnerships in digital, tech, cultural and creative industries Support research and innovation to maximise health and economic productivity DfE will work with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to support the implementation of the Industrial Strategy, by reforming the skills system to deliver skills demanded by employers, and needed to boost productivity Invest in local infrastructure to unlock new homes, including through delivery of the Housing Infrastructure Fund Department for Transport will work across the UK with local, regional and devolved partners to meet national and regional ambitions and maximise the value of public investment Department for Transport and Highways England will work closely to prepare for delivery of the second Road Investment Strategy covering 2020 to 2025, with plans being published in late 2019 Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
How we will achieve this Raise safeguarding standards across the aid and development sector to prevent violence, sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment Work to champion democracy, human rights, good governance and the rule of law by assisting supporters and using our leverage against abusers In support of wider government objectives, DHSC will deliver programmes of work for vulnerable groups, including victims of crime and violence, child sexual abuse/exploitation, female genital mutilation, rough sleeping; and lead work to reduce health inequalities, including contributing to the Race Disparity Audit Continue to be a global leader on disability, delivering on the promises from the Global Disability Summit 2018 Improve outcomes and ensure financial security for disabled people and people with health conditions, so they view the benefits system and the department as an ally Ensure financial security for current and future pensioners and make Britain the best place in the world to retire Open markets, building a trade framework with new and existing partners which is free and fair Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
How we will achieve this Galvanise international action, promoting the role and impact of the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), including bidding to host it, and taking a global leadership role Continue to lead international action against climate change, with BEIS and Defra, by demonstrating UK leadership on resilience at the UN Climate Summit Continue to provide global leadership on climate change including through effective mobilisation of the UK’s £5.8 billion International Climate Finance between 2016 and 2020, and the UK’s bid to host the UN climate conference in 2020 Encourage everyone to play their part in improving our environment, engaging and promoting action at all levels of society through the ‘2019 Year of Green Action Support the introduction of infrastructure to increase number of electric vehicles in the UK, including through the efficient and cost-effective delivery of grant funding for domestic, on-street, residential and workplace charging points Deliver the measure set out in the Road to Zero Strategy for the transition to zero emission transport and for the UK to become the best place in the world to develop and manufacture zero emission vehicles Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
How we will achieve this Work to prevent catastrophic environmental degradation and tackle degradation of habitat and loss of species, including action to address marine plastic pollution with Defra, support to the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund and investment in the Global Environment Facility Defra will work with BEIS, DfT and Devolved Administrations to implement the OSPAR Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter Continue to drive UK international leadership on marine plastic pollution through domestic, regional and global action, via UK membership of the G7, G20, UN, OSPAR and the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance Ensure our seas are cleaner, healthier, safer, more productive and biologically diverse, by implementing the UK Marine Strategy and increasing the proportion of protected and well-managed seas Develop policy to implement a world-class fisheries management system based on the principle of maximum sustainable yield and help to ensure prosperity for a new generation of fishers Champion reform of the WTO to enable it to tackle 21st century trade issues, by advocating new rules for digital trade, liberalisation of trade in services, advancing ongoing negotiations on fisheries subsidies, and addressing level playing field issues such as industrial subsidies
How we will achieve this Focus UK effort on National Security Council (NSC) priority countries, advancing inclusive political processes and protecting UK interests in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen Reduce corruption in developing countries and work to make the UK even more hostile to corrupt funds, working in partnership with others across government, and international partners, to implement the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy Stop terrorist attacks in this country and against UK interests overseas by disrupting those who wish to engage in terrorist activity Implement the serious and organised crime strategy to disrupt highest-harm serious and organised criminals and networks by working with partners to increase operating risk for the highest-harm offenders, utilising new data and intelligence capabilities and improving our understanding of criminal markets Respond to serious violence and recent increases in knife crime, gun crime and homicide by implementing the Serious Violence Strategy Contribute to the resilience of the UK by supporting the civil authorities and protecting our cyber space and our critical national infrastructure Keep British citizens safe as we leave the EU by agreeing a comprehensive new security, law enforcement and criminal justice partnership with the EU to fight shared threats from terrorism and organised crime (with the Department for Exiting the European Union, Ministry of Justice and Foreign and Commonwealth Office) Build strong future relationships with Europe and the rest of the world, secure legal services market access overseas and create the conditions for the UK’s domestic legal services market to flourish Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development