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Measuring Up - Review of UK progress on SDGs

Work has begun on UKSSD’s plan to drive action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK. The project looks at each of the 17 Goals and 169 targets and analyses the UK’s performance. It outlines the opportunity the Goals offer and the type of actions needed if we’re to achieve them by 2030.

UKSSD has now reached an important milestone as the initial research is complete and their draft findings are ready for stakeholder review.

UKSSD are calling for organisations to volunteer to review the findings and contribute their own expertise to help shape the recommended actions for how the UK can achieve the Goals by 2030.

The review of initial findings will take place between 2 February until 16 March, and so far over 140 organisations have signed up to be involved. Organisations can register to take part here.

Sustainable NI, a network partner of UKSSD, will be providing content on the Northern Ireland context, as well as reviewing the final report.

“The SDGs offer the opportunity to create a new social contract between government and citizens, to address systemic problems in a coherent way, and to create a culture of collaboration and partnership with stakeholders in the UK. Our stakeholder-led report will be a crucial step in generating a new partnership with government so we can work together to deliver the SDGs. It will provide it with a foundation from which to build its own report, and will help us to build momentum and support for the SDGs in the UK.” Emily Auckland, Network Director

Once the review process is complete, this wide-ranging and in-depth performance assessment will be incorporated into a report to be launched during the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held in New York in July 2018.

The report will include recommended actions that the Government needs to take in the UK if we are to meet the SDGs by the 2030 deadline.

Meet the Goal Leads

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Glasgow Caledonian University

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

The Food Foundation

Goal 3:  Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

The Health Foundation

Goal 4:  Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Gaia Education

Goal 5:  Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

National Alliance of Women's Organisations

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


Goal 8:  Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

The Trade Union's Congress

Goal 9:  Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

To be announced

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Just Fair

Goal 11:  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


Goal 12:  Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


Goal 14:  Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


Goal 15:  Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


Goal 16:  Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels


Goal 17:  Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity