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'Measuring Up' - Report on UK performance in meeting SDGs published by UKSSD

last modified Jul 12, 2018 02:23 PM
UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development Group (UKSSD) in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development launched the Measuring Up report: a snapshot of how the UK is performing on the SDGs ahead of the country’s voluntary 2019 national review.

The UKSSD, a network representing organisations from the UK that “span the business, civil society, academic and public spheres, irrespective of their interests, size or location” – drew on charities and businesses from across the country in compiling the Measuring Up report. 

Headline statistics

  • The UK is performing well on nearly a quarter of all the indicators (24%) and is given a green rating. 
  • 57% of indicators are rated amber which means there is gap in policy or poor performance on those indicators. 
  • 15% are rated red which means there is little to no policy in place, or where performance on these indicators is poor.

Out of all 17 goals, the UK is performing best on Goal 3 Good Health & Wellbeing, Goal 4 Quality Education, and Goal 17 Partnerships to achieve the Goals, where there is a higher quantity of “good” targets.

The area where the UK is performing worst is on Goal 15, Life on land, where four targets are ranked “poor”.


For further details please see the full report by P. Abernathy for the Bond network (9th July 2018).

The full Measuring Up document can be accessed here.

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