Our world today is dealing with intersecting crises of monumental proportions. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, pushing millions of people into poverty, deepening inequalities, disrupting children’s education, and putting pressure on already weak health systems, exacerbating the very problems the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed to address. At the same time, we are seeing the growing threats of climate
change and conflict.
Even before Covid-19, achieving the transformative potential of the SDGs was a huge challenge, but the events of the past few years mean we need to redouble our efforts. In an era of instability, the SDGs provide us with a framework to build resilience and address the interconnected crises of climate change, Covid-19, conflicts, poverty and inequality, whilst leaving no one behind. This report analyses the UK’s international implementation of the SDGs.
The 2030 Agenda, which includes the 17 SDGs, is a commitment that brings together human rights, development and environmental frameworks. It represents an agreement by world leaders to collectively create a fairer, more prosperous and sustainable world. The 2030 Agenda integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – and is closely linked to other global and regional sustainable development frameworks, such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the second of which provides a new framework for financing the SDGs.
As a international humanitarian development NGO, Good Neighbours UK is fully committed to deliver long term community empowerment that enable communities to become resilient and adaptable in the face of a rapidly changing climate. This means in practice delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals through concerted efforts on the ground, both here in the UK and also around the world. Good Neighbours UK is delighted to have contributed to Bond’s Sustainable Development Goals 2022 Report. In the report Good Neighbours UK is especially focused on SDG 6 which focuses on clean water and sanitation and SDG 12 geared towards responsible consumption and production.
Overall, the report evaluates the UK’s progress in implementing all 17 of the SDGs and highlights critical gaps. It looks at the impact Covid-19, the ODA cuts and other emerging threats are having on the UK’s ability to deliver the SDGs and leave no one behind. It contains concrete policy recommendations that should be followed to get us back on track to effectively deliver on the SDGs.
The above extracts are derived from the Bond SDG 2022 Report. Click here to access and read the full report.
*Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development who connects and champions a diverse network of over 400 civil society organisations to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.