UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Councils

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All of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have targets that are directly or indirectly related to the daily work of local and regional governments. Local governments should not be seen as mere implementers of the agenda. Local governments are policy makers, catalysts of change and the level of government best-placed to link the global goals with local communities.

"Local governments are policy makers, catalysts of change and the level of government best-placed to link the global goals with local communities."

The Sustainable Development Goals - What local governments need to know, Unitied Cities and Local Governments

The United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out how communities, organisations, and governments everywhere in the world can progress towards better lives for themselves and their children, without leaving anyone behind.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has recently commissioned UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) to create a guide for councils setting out proposals for how councils might respond to the SDGs and make use of them in their own communities, drawing on actions and ideas being discussed in the UK and internationally. The guide also looks at how some councils in the UK and overseas are already engaging with the goals.

A pdf of the full report is available to download.

You can also read a thinkpiece on this subject from Emily Auckland, UKSSD Network Director, below.