Sustainable Development

Department for International Development written question – answered on 16th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Porter of Spalding Lord Porter of Spalding Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the conclusion in the report by the Environmental Audit Committee Sustainable Development Goals in the UK, published on 26 April 2017 (HC 596), that they should do everything they can to support partners, including local government, to contribute towards delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.

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

It is vital that all levels of Government, as well as civil society, business and others, continue to work together to deliver the Global Goals.

The UK Voluntary National Review (VNR) will be an important opportunity to highlight work across the country to support delivery of the Global Goals, and we are determined it will tell the story beyond Central Government. Last month the Government hosted a series of VNR engagement events, including two focussed on local delivery of the Goals in Leeds and Bristol. We have also received over 200 submissions from organisations to our VNR website, showcasing what they are doing to deliver the Goals. This included a number of submissions from local authorities.

The VNR is a stepping-stone rather than an end in itself and is an important tool to further galvanise action and activity across the UK in pursuit of the Goals.

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