UK performing poorly on three quarters of SDGs, report finds

A new report says that the UK is performing well on less than 25 per cent of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), a network of over 1000 organisations working to drive action on the SDGs, has produced a report titled ‘Measuring Up’, which examines in detail the UK’s progress towards the 17 goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This is the first such assessment in the UK since the SDGs were adopted in September 2015; the UK Government has yet to produce its own Voluntary National Review. In fact, of the 193 countries in the United Nations that are signed up to the SDGs, only 47 produced a review in 2017 to be presented to the UN’s high-level political forum on sustainable development, the central platform for reviewing the goals.

The UKSSD report examines UK public policy and published data to assess the country’s current performance against the 17 SDGs and 196 associated targets – and the results are mixed at best. Of the 143 targets considered relevant to the domestic delivery of the SDGs, the UK is performing well on only 24 per cent, while 57 per cent are performing inadequately or have gaps in policy and 15 per cent have ‘little to no policy in place’ at all.