Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

Department for International Development written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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Photo of Lord Black of Brentwood Lord Black of Brentwood Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to facilitate the involvement of civil society organisations in reporting on the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

Reporting processes agreed at the UN mean that it is the national statistics office of each Member State that is responsible for reporting national data to the UN on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. In the UK, this role is undertaken by the independent Office for National Statistics, which carried out a public consultation on its approach to reporting last summer.

The Government is committed to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals and has embedded the Goals across all of its work. We will present the UK’s voluntary national review of progress towards the Goals in 2019, and will be consulting with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including civil society organisations, as we develop our plans.

Civil society organisations have a vital role to play with regard to both contributing to delivery of the Goals to ensure no-one is left behind, and in communicating their importance to keep up momentum on implementation.

For example, the Leave No One Behind Partnership, founded by CIVICUS, Project Everyone and Development Initiatives with DFID support, has supported national dialogues with civil society platforms in thirty countries to raise awareness of the Goals, as well as discuss priorities and good practice for delivery. We are keen to ensure these important contributions are captured.

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