SDG Scorecard published
September 2019
UKSSD publishes Scorecard of UK Voluntary National Review
UKSSD’s SDG Scorecard, published today, assesses the UK Voluntary National Review (VNR) based on UN Voluntary Reporting guidelines and best practice.

Although there a positive signs of progress, of the eleven areas considered by partners in UKSSD’s advocacy action group, none receive a green rating to indicate it satisfied the expectations of a VNR process.

Four were considered poor (red), six were unsatisfactory (amber/red) and only one was satisfactory, though lacking in some areas (amber/green).

Issues of particular concern include the lack of comprehensive analysis of the UK’s performance on the SDGs, the process of stakeholder engagement undertaken as part of the review and the failure to use the VNR as a way to create a step change in the UK’s implementation of the SDGs.

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From its eleven recommendations UKSSD is calling for:

  • A Minister in Cabinet with a domestic mandate to lead the UK’s efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals
  • A commitment to develop an ambitious and comprehensive plan for the implementation of the SDGs
  • Further clarity on the purpose of the stakeholder engagement mechanism the Government committed to when it published the review which UKSSD has welcomed

UKSSD’s co-chair Jeff Twentyman said:
‘As the Government prepares for the UN General Assembly next week, we would expect our scorecard to make a significant contribution to its reflections on the experience of producing a Voluntary National Review. We hope that this leads to a more ambitious approach and that the Government really demonstrates its commitment to the Goals as this can only result in positive outcomes for the UK. UKSSD and its partners look forward to working with the Government to accelerate progress on the SDGs in the UK’.
UKSSD brings organisations together to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK. We do this through:

  • Combined expertise: Collectively we provide a rich source of knowledge and evidence on SDG performance in the UK
  • Cross-sector influence: By working together we increase the influence of our partners to hold the UK to account on the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Collaborative action: We help our network come together to share ideas, create new opportunities and partnerships, and drive action