Inquiry into UK’s implementation of UN sustainable goals

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched an inquiry into the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country. That’s a global framework which includes 17 targets to eliminate […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched an inquiry into the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country.

That’s a global framework which includes 17 targets to eliminate poverty and take climate action in the next 15 years. They are universal and apply to all countries.

The EAC’s inquiry is focused on the delivery and impact of the goals within the UK.

It follows a report by the International Development Committee which stated there was “insufficient” progress towards domestic implementation so far and a “worrying lack of engagement” by government departments.

The Committee invites submissions on topics including:

  • What are the potential costs, benefits and opportunities to the UK of delivering the goals domestically?
  • Which goals are the most relevant to the UK? Where is UK domestic performance believed to be strongest and weakest?
  • What structures, governance mechanisms, resources and lines of accountability are required within government nationally and locally to ensure that efforts to deliver the goals will be meaningful and achieve real change? Who should be providing leadership on this agenda?
  • How can performance against the goals be measured and communicated in a way that best engages policy makers, local government, businesses and the public and allows effective scrutiny of the Government’s performance by Parliament and civil society?

Submissions will be received until the 16th of September.