UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development UKSSD CONF | Unlocking UK’s potential: from ambition to transformation



The annual conference of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) will take place in London (ICAEW, Chartered Accountants’ Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA) on 1 March 2017 from 08:30 to 17:00.


Under the theme ‘Unlocking the UK’s potential: from ambition to transformation,’ the conference will explore how to translate the ambition of the 17 Goals and 169 Targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into transformational action for the UK.


Hosted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the event will bring together academics, businesses, NGOs, professionals, government and public under one banner: transformational action on SDGs for the UK.


The day’s programme comprises a main programme in Grand Hall and a sub programme (at selected times) of parallel sessions in Council Chamber and Breakout Spaces. The event will feature keynotes and a variety of sessions ranging from plenaries, presentations, drop-in surgeries and breakout spaces delivered by UKSSD partners.


Main programme (Grand Hall)


The proceedings will start with a welcome by ICAEW President Hilary Lindsay, followed by an introduction to UKSSD.


Keynote speakers are:

  • Amanda Mackenzie OBE (CEO of Business in the Community)
  • Lord Bates (Minister of State, Department for International Development)
  • Michael Green (CEO of Social Progress Imperative)


Panel 1, on Transforming communities, comprises Dr Jane Davidson (Chair/ University of Wales Trinity Saint David UWTSD), Richard Couldrey (Transition Network), Ian Townsend (Bristol Green Capital Partnership), Conor Moloney (Carter Jonas), Katharine Knox (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Sara Mahmoud (Shelter). They will share their experience of advancing sustainable development at the local level.


Panel 2, on Transforming lives, comprises John Elkington (Chair), Professor Kate Pickett (Equality Trust), Mike Barry (Marks & Spencer), Trewin Restorick (Hubbub) and Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters). Focusing on some of the key challenges facing UK society today, such as poverty, inequality, climate change and over-consumption of resources, the panellists will explore how the SDGs might be used as a framework for understanding how these issues interact, and how addressing the Goals comprehensively can transform lives in the UK.


Tanya Steele (Chief Executive of WWF-UK) will deliver closing remarks.


Session in Council Chamber


The parallel session in the Council Chamber, titled ‘Making the Sustainable Development Goals stick’, will help delegates better understand the goals and principles that underpin them while highlighting their relevance to the UK. It will be delivered by Open University, Impact International and Newcastle University.


Breakout spaces


Breakout spaces will be as follows:

  • Devolution, Brexit and the Sustainable Development Goals | ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and Sustainability East
  • Raising awareness and creating ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals in UK schools and beyond | Pearson
  • Ensuring cross-sector collaboration for delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals | Institution of Environmental Sciences and Koreo
  • Nothing about us, without us: Getting the public involved in the Sustainable Development Goals | Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development and Involve
  • Utilising the Sustainable Development Goals to secure UK nutrition and food leadership | Food Foundation


UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)


UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) is an open platform that supports public, private and voluntary organisations, with a mission: To inspire and support all stakeholders to transform the UK into a sustainable society. This multi-stakeholder network comprising academics, businesses, NGOs, and government at all levels, helps to facilitate the delivery of the SDGs in the UK.


UKSSD membership is free and requires no commitments


NOTE: This post is entirely based on the content of the UKSSD Conference website. Logos and graphics are from relevant websites.





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Newcastle CONF | Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy & Practice for SDGs


The annual conference of Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability (IfS) will take place in London (Chapter Spitalfields, 9 Frying Pan Alley, London E1 7HS) on 8 November 2016 from 10am to 4pm.


Titled ‘Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy and Practice’, this event will focus on research, policy and practice that will help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, exploring the challenges in sustainability research at a range of scales – regional, national and international – with a view of  enhancing collaboration among academia, industry and policy.


The conference will feature:

  • A keynote speaker: Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (Professor of International Development Studies at University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN, New York);
  • Some of the University’s sustainability researchers, led by Professor Phil Taylor (Director IfS); and
  • Sustainability experts from industry


The day’s programme comprises four sessions.


Session 1 (What is the role of academia in helping to meet the SDGs and where should they have input in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?) will explore how academic research could play a greater role in policy and practice for sustainable development.


Session 2 (Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions) will introduce research from Newcastle University researchers on addressing global challenges for sustainability through integrated solutions.


Session 3, a roundtable session (How to bring research to policy for sustainable development), will bring together experts in research, policy and practice to identify how academic research and demonstration can inform policy for sustainable development in areas of air quality, energy, food, water, agriculture and waste.


A poster session will showcase some of the University’s sustainability research projects.


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House of Commons launch: UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development

SML-Rio+20-manifestoA Manifesto for Dialogue, Collaboration and Action post Rio+20, UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development, will be launched at the House of Commons London on 17 December 2013 (11:00-13:00). This manifesto is facilitated by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

This is a free event; however, prior registration is required (For registration, the link to the relevant EAUC webpage could be found below this news post).

Hosted by Joan Walley MP (Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee), this event will include an introduction to the Manifesto by Harriet Sjerps-Jones (EAUC and University of Exeter); a Roundtable Session led by Ann Finlayson (Chief Executive, Sustainability and Environmental Education SEEd and former Commissioner, Sustainable Development Commission) and Iain Patton (Chief Executive, EAUC); and Witness Accounts – among the confirmed witnesses are Caroline Lucas MP, Steve Egan (Higher Education Funding Council for England HEFCE), Dom Anderson (National Union of Students NUS), university students, youth representatives and school children.

The intergovernmental agreements that came out of Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) (The Future We Want) included commitments to quality education, to improve quality of life, to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and to embark on a process towards Sustainable Development Goals. The Conference also emphasised ESD’s key role in achieving a sustainable future.

UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto, the result of a UK-wide consultation from November 2012 to May 2013 in response to The Future We Want, calls on Governments (UK government and the devolved governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), education providers, NGOs and civil society in the UK to work more closely together to strengthen the role of education as an enabler of sustainable development.

The manifesto also calls for supporting mechanisms that governments and civil society should put in place to enable and strengthen UK delivery of the educational commitments agreed in The Future We Want:


  • Better coordination of efforts and collaboration between governments and across government departments on formal and informal learning for sustainable development
  • Improvement of dialogue between the education sector, civil society and government departments
  • Enabling education sectors to develop an appropriate curriculum to meet current and future sustainability challenges through a realignment of funding with The Future We Want in mind

Formal learning

  • Curriculum change (e.g. sustainability in curricula, interdisciplinary learning opportunities)
  • Institutional change (e.g. education institutions providing leadership in sustainable development and working closely with local communities)

Informal learning

  • Improved collaboration between NGOs and formal education institutions

Economy-ESD connection

  • Improved collaboration among state, charity, business and education sectors to ensure that the young are better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of a green and fair economy

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