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Audit Committee report on Government’s lack of ambition on SDGs

The House of Commons Audit Committee recently published its report Sustainable Development Goals in the UK. The Committee is critical of the Government’s lack of ambition in embedding the SDGs. Throughout the report, the Committee refers to recommendations from the evidence provided by FDSD, particularly on the need for Cabinet-level leadership, partnership working and transparent reporting.

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Global Goals: Local Action | EAUC 2017 Annual Conference, 28-30 March 2017

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the worlds ‘to do’ list for the next 13 years. Each of the Global Goals is extraordinarily important, and taken together, present the education sector with a potent agenda of unprecedented scope and significance. The 2017 Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Annual Conference theme recognises the critical...

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Unlocking the UK’s potential | UKSSD annual conference, 1 Mar 2017

The world’s first universal set of Sustainable Development Goals came into force on 1 January 2016. How do we translate the ambition of 17 Goals and 169 Targets into transformational action in the UK? Save the date The UKSSD Annual Conference will take place on the 1st March 2017, hosted by ICAEW in London. Through...

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Brexit Britain and the SDGs

  One month on and questions are still being asked about how we got here. The only thing that’s clear, it seems, is that Brexit suggests a deep division between inward- and outward-facing worldviews: control our borders and attempt to reduce the strain on our resources, or embrace a spirit of international collaboration that recognises...

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SDG implementation in the UK unconvincing new IDC report finds

In September 2015, 193 UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) – an ambitious set of 169 targets that commits all signatory countries to tackle issues from gender inequality to climate change, access to quality education and the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies. The SDGs officially came into force on...

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Greater than the sum of our parts | Briefing paper on global partnerships for Goal 16

Following a workshop earlier this year, bringing together a range of global partnerships, as well as senior governmental, multilateral and civil society representatives, Saferworld has published a briefing paper: Greater than the sum of our parts – global partnerships for Goal 16 (PDF, 441 KB). Its aim is “to inform and guide discussion about how...

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Democracy, SDGs and COP – interview with János Zlinszky

János Zlinksy, one of our longest serving Trustees and an advisor to the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, reflects on the relationship between the Paris COP and the Sustainable Development Goals Interview by Nick Aveling There’s been a lot of debate as to whether Paris COP21 can be considered a ‘success’. As an advisor...

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COP21 – the sound of the bell for system change

“Habemus consensus!” a Huffington Post article reads, summarising the sanguine diplomatic outcome of the COP21 conference in Paris. It might not be as binding as hoped by the hundreds of thousands of people engaging in the climate march; it does, however, signify a much needed paradigm-shift. While French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius was widely praised...

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People’s Climate March 2015 – largest mobilisation in history

On 29 November 2015, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world joined the biggest day of climate change activism in history. 785.000 citizens participated in 2,300 events in 175 countries and thousands of cities to march for a clean energy future, aiming to influence the crucial climate talks in Paris, early December. Photo...

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The UK, the SDGs, and particularly SDG 16

The UK Government hasn’t yet involved the public or any other stakeholder in discussions about the relevance of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for domestic application in the UK. According to BOND’s report on Bringing the Goals Home: Implementing the SDGs in the UK, there has been some discussion across Whitehall, but the results are...

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Governance the Key to SDG Success

The UN: success of Sustainable Development goals depends very much on process. Image: number10gov/flickr, CC BY-NC James Patterson, Florian Koch, and Kathryn Bowen have written an article examining key governance issues underpinning the success of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which were adopted in September 2015. In, “How can we prevent the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals from failing?”...

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New Book: Governance for Sustainable Development

Felix Dodd has blogged about this new book, Governance for Sustainable Development, that collects the best insights from three recent workshops held by the “Group of Friends of the Governance for Sustainable Development” that was created to help prepare the Rio + 20 Conference. Recently the governments of Mexico, Romania and the Republic of Korea, with the technical support...

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20 May 2015, Launch of the Environmental Democracy Index, Washington DC

A right to know, a right to be heard, a right to access justice The Access Initiative and the World Resources Institute will launch the first ever Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) on May 20th at the National Press Club. Speakers Avi Garbow (Keynote speaker), General Counsel, US Environmental Protection Agency Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources...

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First ever Environmental Democracy Index

The Access Initiative and the World Resources Institute are launching the first ever Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) on May 20th. EDI is the first index to measure how well countries’ national laws protect environmental democracy rights, namely, the right of the public to: freely access relevant and timely information, provide input and scrutiny in decision-making, and seek justice...

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