Alliance submits evidence on UK progress on SDGs
The International Development Committee is holding an inquiry into UK progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The seventeen SDGs were adopted by 193 UN Member States, including the UK, in September 2015. The successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), their adoption marked a commitment by all signatory nations to achieve a transformational development agenda by 2030. Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs are universal and applicable to all countries, not just developing nations. The UK has committed to achieving the Goals domestically, as well as supporting other countries to achieve them overseas.
In July 2019 the UK Government (HMG) will present its Voluntary National Review to the UN, detailing the progress it has made towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since their adoption in September 2015. In advance of this, the International Development Committee is holding an inquiry to explore how far the Department for International Development (DFID) and HMG have advanced the agenda overseas since the publication of the predecessor Committee’s 2016 report on ‘UK implementation of the SDGs’.
- To ensure that the UK meets the universality expectations of the 2030 Agenda, an effective whole of government approach to the SDGs should be lead at Prime Minister level with coordination through the Cabinet Office. All UK Government departments need to uphold their responsibility to implement the SDGs.
- Single Departmental Plans (SDPs) from all Government Departments should detail progress and plans relating to relevant SDG targets.
- Increasing commitment to implement the SDGs from other government departments remains a significant challenge, and must be made a priority by the UK Government
- The Leave No One Behind principle must be articulated and enshrined across all government departments
- Developing a VNR should be an open, inclusive and participatory process. As such, there must be a clearly communicated plan by all relevant UK government departments to consult and engage with appropriate civil society groups and networks across the country.
- The UK Government should develop a more systematic information exchange mechanism that improves both vertical and horizontal coordination across and within different levels of government, including the countries with devolved government. By doing so, it would be easier to communicate and coordinate a transparent road-map for VNR development.
- DFID would be strengthened by greater alignment with the SDGs through an implementation plan that drills down to target level, and explores gaps and interlinkages between them.
- DFID should be a leader in the continued development of reporting systems to track ODA against SDG targets.