The Local Government Association (LGA) and the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) have launched a guide to help local councils engage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The LGA is calling for local action by councils and government funding to support the UN’s 2030 Agenda and SDGs, which aim to end poverty and other deprivations to improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth – all whilst underpinning the common goal of tackling climate change.
Councils that are already working towards the SDGs include Newcastle City Council, Bristol City Council and Liverpool City Council.
Newcastle made a political commitment to the SDGs in 2019 and has since worked to embed the gaols in the work of the City Futures Board. Bristol launched the UK’s first Voluntary Local Receive on the SDGs in 2019 and works to align the goals with its One City Plan and Liverpool has outlined commitments to the SDGs in its City Plan and has worked with the 2030 hub to ensure priorities are maintained.
Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board, said:
“While councils across the country continue to grapple with the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus crisis, many have come to recognise their unique position as leaders of place.
“Local government can play a key role in driving a sustainable recovery that meets the needs of local communities and businesses.
“The SDGs provide a guide to rebuilding our economies in a resilient and sustainable way, focusing on creating good lives on a healthy planet for all people.
“However, in order to meet the scale of the challenge local action must have the backing of national government.”
The 37-guide includes background information, step-by-step information on engaging with the SDGs and a number of case studies.