Scotland's Sustainable Development Goals Network
Our Approach

Our Approach

Our story

Scotland was one of the first nations to sign up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Scotland has a good history of policy and action in relation to sustainability issues.

Scotland’s SDG Network and this platform have been formed out of a demand to increase working together and partnership across Scotland and beyond. The Network is here to build awareness and engagement across civil society and with business and government. Where possible, it will support the implementation of the SDGs in Scotland and aims to ensure that the voice of those committed to sustainability is heard by key decision makers.

The Network members represent different perspectives and the Network offers a powerful vehicle to develop messages through consensus to facilitate coordinated and collaborative work with regard to these aims.

Anyone can join the Network, and our aim is to work as a collective voice in empowering communities and organisations to make use of the Sustainable Development Goals to secure a real change in Scotland. Join the forum!

The backstory

The Rio Group

The Rio Group was founded by Scottish Wildlife Trust, Sniffer, and CIFAL Scotland in 2011 to provide a platform for discussion in Scotland for organisations interested in engaging with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Its vision was for Scotland to be a world leader in Sustainable Development and fully implement all the Sustainable Development Goals

Since 2011, The Rio Group ran several events designed to enable interested organisations to exchange knowledge and also to collate priorities from Scotland to feed into the development of the SDGs at international level. One example is the document we developed – ‘A Flourishing Scotland’ which set out ten ‘celebrations’ and ten ‘ambitions’ civil society organisations in Scotland wished to see reflected in the finalised SDGs. This was formally submitted to the United Nations in 2012.

The post-2015 group

Since the SDGs were adopted in 2015, the remit of the Rio Group evolved. The mission shifted to be a catalyst for achieving the full implementation of the SDGs within Scotland.

This became the Post-2015 SDG group which oversaw targeted events designed to help keep the SDGs high on the political agenda whilst promoting both practical and policy initiatives to help ensure all the goals are being prioritised and acted upon by the Scottish Government, by civil society, and by the business community.

Scottish Government working groups

In 2015 and early 2016, the Scottish Government supported a number of engagement groups involving business and others. However, these failed to gain traction and there was a bit of a hiatus following the Holyrood election, EU referendum.

Who we are

In January 2017, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, with support from the Big Lottery Fund UK and the Scotland Malawi Partnership, initiated conversations with former post-2015 group members to revive the group, reposition the conversation around the SDGs in Scotland and start planning for this platform as well as the creation of Scotland’s SDG Network.

Scotland’s Sustainable Development Goals Network is a coalition of people and organisations from across Scotland committed to making sure that the Global Goals for Sustainable Development become every Scot’s business. We need a unified voice speaking out on the Sustainable Development Goals across the country.

Organisations and Networks

Big Lottery Fund logo
The Poverty Truth Commission logo
IDEAS for Global Citizenship logo
Scotland Malawi Partnership logo
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations' logo
Open Government Network Scotland logo 

Keep Scotland Beautiful Logo

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