National — sub-national linkages
In the UK
national frameworks capture government priorities in relation to the SDGs, with
work taking place on multiple levels to strengthen delivery across the UK. The
UK recognizes the importance of stakeholder engagement, partnerships and
cross-government co-ordination to support the implementation of the 2030
Agenda. Many sectors are making substantial
efforts to raise awareness, form partnerships and use opportunities in the UK
and globally to deliver the Goals, going beyond “business as usual” to make a
real impact. Further detail is reflected in the Delivering the Goals through shared
endeavour chapter of the Voluntary National Review (page 13 onwards).
sector has a significant role to play in ensuring decisions are taken to
deliver long term value for money, taking into account social, economic and
environmental factors. The public sector can help to meet these commitments
through its work practices and wider behaviour. Many local authorities and
public bodies also have sustainable operations and procurement targets. Reducing
the impact of the way government and the public sector operates is vital to
delivering sustainable development: the decisions made on policies and programmes
and their real-world outcomes are significant.
The UK is
committed to reducing its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 as well as
ensuring that we are resilient to the effects of a changing climate: to achieve
this all policies must take this into account through carbon reduction and
adaptation plans. Climate change is just one of the symptoms of
unsustainability and the Government is committed to safeguarding the wider
environment, fairness and ensuring quality of life in all decisions.
sector organisation will have different initiatives for reducing the impact of
its buildings and operations. The public sector as a whole is committed to
reducing the financial deficit and delivering value for money. Sustainable
development can play an important part in that through efficiency savings and
delivering multiple benefits. Government policies are in place to support sustainable
practices throughout the public sector, including procurement, energy
efficiency, resource efficiency, sustainable travel and policy and
AND CIVIL SOCIETY
communities and the voluntary and community sector are at the heart of the
Government’s ambitions to create a more sustainable society and can play a key
role in supporting people in supporting sustainable development initiatives. The
UK government welcomes the contributions from communities and civil society. Everyone
has a role to play in delivering the SDGs and the UK’s Voluntary National
Review demonstrated the importance
of collective action across the UK to fix foundations, act strategically, plan
for, and adapt to a rapidly changing future. We will continue to strengthen
mechanisms for to enhance stakeholder engagement and maximise opportunities for
working collectively and collaboratively.
society is central to tackling big societal challenges and thus achieving the
Goals. In 2018, the UK government published the Civil Society Strategy (2018).
The Strategy set out a bold new vision for how government will work with and
support civil society in the long term. The Strategy is encouraging people,
organisations and businesses to help make a difference; it is the beginning of
an ambitious, evolving programme to help build a strong society and future for
the UK that works for everyone.
This Country Profile has been last updated on: Thursday, 14 May 2020
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