|Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates
The UK government published Agenda 2030: Delivering the Global Goals (2017) to provide more detail on UK government activity to support Sustainable
Development Goal (SDG) delivery both domestically and internationally.
Each UK government department has embedded the
SDGs into its Single Departmental Plan – an established process to focus
government efforts on important issues. Each department’s Single Departmental
Plan outlines how planned activity will support the delivery of the SDGs.
Additionally, the SDGs are integrated into:
Scotland’s National Performance Framework (NPF); Wales’ Well-Being of
Future Generations Act; and Northern Ireland’s draft Programme for
published a Voluntary National Review (VNR) of progress towards the SDGs in
2019, a product of collaboration between government, civil society and private
sector organisations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The
UK’s VNR provides a comprehensive account of action and also identifies areas
of further work and next steps.
|Type of SD strategy
the UK along with the 192 other UN Member States signed-up to the global
Sustainable Development Goals.
Government is committed to supporting implementation of the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs have been embedded across government
departments in their Single Departmental Plans, which provide a framework to
focus efforts on important issues in sustainable development. Single Departmental
Plans (SDPs) are central to the way that the UK Government plans for delivery
of its priorities including the SDGs. SDGs are embedded within SDPs,
alongside other public commitments, and departments are specifically required
to show what work they are doing that contributes at home and abroad.
the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have
their own approach to embedding the Sustainable Development Goals:
National Performance Framework (NPF) is the main mechanism for implementing
the Goals in Scotland. The NPF is underpinned by law and is intended to
inform discussion, collaboration and planning of policies and services across
2015 Wales’ efforts have been shaped by the Well-being of Future Generations
(Wales) Act 2015 which puts sustainable development on a significantly
stronger footing in the legislative and policy landscape in Wales. The Act
localises the 17 Goals into domestic legislation through Wales’ own 7
sustainable development goals (wellbeing goals).
· Northern Ireland has incorporated
the three dimensions of sustainable development; economic, social and
environmental, into the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) strategic
plans, rather than through separate sustainability strategies. This has
resulted in the principles of sustainable development being embedded in the
Northern Ireland Executive’s highest- level strategy, the draft Programme for
|Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process
Government – The Department for International Development provides overall leadership and
policy oversight of the 2030 Agenda and the Goals, with Cabinet Office
supporting on domestic implementation. All other government departments are
responsible for supporting delivery of aspects of the SDGs that relate to their
policy remit. The Office for National Statistics are responsible for reporting data
on the SDG indicators through the National Reporting Platform.
arrangements exist in the Devolved Administrations.
|Link to the SD strategy
On 5 July 2019, the UK
Government published a report highlighting examples of how delivery of the
Government’s programme supports the delivery of the SDGs. Development,
sustainability and inclusivity underline much of our domestic approach to
policy making and delivery. The report can be found at:
Implementing the Sustainable
Development Goals (2019)
|Further information about
the SD strategy process
The UK Government is committed to supporting implementation of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UK published a Voluntary National
Review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in 2019. The
UK’s VNR is data rich and sets out the UK’s journey to 2030, incorporating
input from a wide range of sectors from all parts of the UK. It provides a
balanced account of progress thus far, pinpointing areas of success as well
as areas of further work.
The UK and the Devolved Governments
approach to SDG delivery reflects its unique constitutional arrangements.
Full detail on the approach across the UK is found in the UK’s Voluntary National Review (in particular page
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