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At the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015, Heads of Government from 193 UN Members States gathered to ratify the Sustainable Development Goals. In doing so the international community committed that:

“We resolve, between now and 2030, to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources…”

The Sustainable Development Goals are underpinned by the principle of universality, recognising that challenges including environmental degradation, inequality and climate change exist within all countries. The UK must therefore match its commitment to the global delivery of the goals with a comprehensive domestic response.

Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development establishes the Sustainable Development Goals, and was the product of the largest consultation programme in the UN’s 70-year history. This document recognises that the challenge of implementing this extraordinary agenda requires new and collaborative ways of working, characterised by multi-stakeholder networks that can harness the resources and the expertise of the private sector, academia, and the public as well as of Government and Civil Society.

UKSSD brings together these stakeholders to meet the challenge of the 2030 Agenda in the UK.