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Sustainable Development Goals: From promise to practice

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SDGs: the people's agenda

UNA-UK has launched a new report 'Sustainable Development Goals: From promise to practice'. The publication sets out how to take forward the UN's new global development agenda, which began in January 2016.

“Parliamentarians, civil society organisations, the private sector, members of the scientific and academic communities and other stakeholders were important in formulating the SDGs. They need also to play a prominent role in working to achieve the goals” – UN Secretary-General António Guterres

With a foreword from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, this report is the fourth in a series of UNA-UK publications on the post-2015 development agenda. This report looks at how the the Goals are being implemented in the course of the vital first 1,000 days of the 15-year agenda. It equips policy-makers, practitioners and interested observers with insights on how to make the Goals a reality, particularly for the world’s most vulnerable people.

The report, produced in collaboration with Witan Media, contains analysis and recommendations from 50 expert contributors, including:

  • Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Gabriele Köhler, Philip Mader, Richard Jolly and Robin Luckham, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
  • Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact
  • Joanne Liu, International President, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
  • David Nabarro, Special Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN
  • Sara Pantuliano, Managing Director, Overseas Development Institute 
  • Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly
  • Corinne Woods, Director of Communications, UN World Food Programme

Download the publication or visit www. to read it online.

You can read the introduction by UNA-UK's Executive Director, Natalie Samarasinghe, by clicking here

For more information or to request a hardcopy, please contact Isabelle Younane on or 020 7766 3451.