The UK has committed to share progress on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2019. This provides civil society and other stakeholders in Scotland with an opportunity to not only feed into this review but also shape the process. Scotland was one of the first countries in the world to sign up to the SDGs back in 2015, a global agenda that seeks to end poverty, tackle inequalities and combat climate change by 2030.
Both the UK and Scottish Governments are currently working on their plans to submit a Voluntary National Review on the progress that Scotland and the rest of the UK are making in progressing the SDGs. Scotland's Sustainable Development Goals Network is looking to make sure that Scotland features prominently in the review and that the potential of the National Review to accelerate progress on the SDGs is realised.
Network's Voluntary Review Working Group
Scotland’s SDG Network has set up an open working group to address ongoing activities and issues connected to Scotland’s contribution to the review. Participants of the working group, which includes Scottish Government, are working together to develop and communicate ideas working closely with Network members and other groups. This includes a Scottish Supplementary Review in addition to the official UK-led Voluntary National Review. We have also secured the publication of all evidence to inform any civil society led shadow report independent of government
Membership of the working group is not limited and people that can dedicate time to the group can join by messaging the Network Coordinator, Paul Bradley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our working documents are available on an open Google Drive for you to read and comment on.
The group is taking an approach based on openness, transparency and inclusion echoing both the Open Government principles and the UN’s principles for conducting the Review.
Call for evidence - February/March 2019
Scotland's SDG Network and the Scottish Government launched a call for evidence on Scotland’s progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) on Thursday 14th February 2019. We are seeking the views of people and organisations across Scotland to feed into the UK Voluntary National Review and Scottish Supplementary Review.