United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Focal point
Mr. Jonathan Tilson
Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
London

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Partnerships & Commitments
The below is a listing of all partnership initiatives and voluntary commitments where United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is listed as a partner or lead entity in the Partnerships for SDGs online platform
Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture

The UK is absolutely committed to playing our part and to working with our international partners.At home: we are on track to deliver our commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on official development assistance to developing countries from 2013. As part of this, I am announcing that the British Government will provide up to £150 million to the International Fund for Agriculture Development’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme.(Statement made by Nick Clegg, Deputy of Prime Minister, Government of UK, at the Plenary Speech, delivered at Rio+20 Summit 21st June 2012. available at: Nick Cl...[more]

Partners
UK, International Fund for Agriculture Development
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Bringing Biogas to Samoa

The British High Commission (BHC) has a strong interest in supporting community projects in Samoa that involve renewable energy, enhanced climate resilience and the potential for building sustainable economic opportunity. In 2012 the BHC provided funding for a demonstration project in Piu Village to prove that an invasive vine (merremia) could be a feedstock resource to produce biogas that could be used in cooking and lighting for village households. This demonstration system was installed in early 2013 by BHC's project partner BioEnceptionz Ltd of Wellington, New Zealand. (BioEnceptionz is a ...[more]

Partners
The British High Commission Samoa Biogas Systems The Government of Samoa
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

The best opportunity to slow the rate of near-term warming globally and in sensitive regions such as the Arctic is by cutting emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – most notably methane, black carbon and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Widespread reductions, which complement the need for aggressive global action on carbon dioxide, contribute significantly to the goal of limiting warming to less than two degrees. Reducing SLCPs can also advance national priorities such as protecting air quality and public health, promoting food security, enhancing energy efficiency, and alleviat...[more]

Partners
111 Partners, 50 State and REIO, 16 IGO and 45 NGO partners (as of April 2016). Full list: http://ccacoalition.org/en/partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Climate Change Act

The UK's Climate Change Act is the world's first long-term legally binding framework to tackle the dangers of climate change. Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK The UK has passed legislation that introduces the world's first long-term legally binding framework to tackle the dangers of climate change. The Climate Change Bill became law in 2008. The Climate Change Act creates a new approach to managing and responding to climate change in the UK, by: setting ambitious, legally binding targets; taking powers to help meet those targets; strengthening the institutional framework; ...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme

The United Kingdom commits to delivering a package of measures that will help to provide Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions with accurate hydrographic and scientific date relating to their marine environment, as well as training and capacity building for national bodies involved in the research and management of marine resources, to enable them to use the data to promote economic growth and development. The information collected will be used to inform the development of national plans for the marine economy, allowing SIDS to de...[more]

Partners
Cabinet Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Community & School Based Dating/ Relationship Violence and Sanitation Intervention

The Daniel Iroegbu Global Dental Health Care Foundation (DIGDHEF) will, together with its partners, mobilise and engage communities and schools to improve health, water, sanitation, and environmental hygiene, as well as to create awareness of gender-based violence (GBV) in schools & communities and engage young people to become agents of GBV change in their broader communities.

Partners
Daniel Iroegbu Global Dental Health Care Foundation, UK Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF, Global Water Partnership (GWP), Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), Federal Ministry of Gender Affairs of Nigeria
Sustainable Development Goals
Congestion Charge System in London

Initiated in 2003, London's congestion charge system aims to reduce inner-city traffic and prevent pollution. Source: World Resources Institute (2011) A Compilation of Green Economy Policies, Programs, and Initiatives from Around the World. The Green Economy in Practice: Interactive Workshop 1, February 11th, 2011 Initiated in 2003, London's congestion charge system aims to reduce inner-city traffic and prevent pollution. The system requires a daily charge for people driving within an eight-square-mile zone of central London. Revenues are used to support London's transport system. The zone ...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Enabling the Transition to a Green Economy: government and business working together

"Enabling the transition to a green economy: government and business working together" sets out the government's approach to building the green economy and forms part of the continuing dialogue between government, business and communities on how to tackle the important issue of moving to a Green Economy. Source: UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs "Enabling the transition to a green economy: government and business working together" sets out the government's approach to building the green economy and forms part of the continuing dialogue between government, business and commun...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Energy Act

The UK's Energy Act, which updates the country's energy legislation, came into action in 2008. Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK The Energy Act updates energy legislation to: reflect the availability of new technologies (such as carbon capture and storage and emerging renewable technologies); correspond with the UK's changing requirements for secure energy supply (such as offshore gas storage); and to protect the environment and the tax payer as the energy market changes The act was updated in 2010 to, for example, include provisions on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Fisheries Conservation in the Wider Caribbean Region through FAO's Western Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission (WECAFC)

The general objective of the Commission is to promote the effective conservation, management and development of the living marine resources of the area of competence of the Commission, in accordance with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and address common problems of fisheries management and development faced by members of the Commission. 16 of WECAFC's 35 members are considered small island developing States.

Partners
Member governments: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, France, European Community, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Korea (Rep. of), Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United S...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is multi-stakeholder network of more than 150 data champions harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development. Its members represent the full range of data producers and users, including governments, companies, civil society groups, international organizations, academic institutions, foundations, statistics agencies and data communities. The Global Partnership serves as an invaluable convener, connector and catalyst, building trust and encouraging collaboration among stakeholders to fill critical data gaps and ensure data is acc...[more]

Partners
Abia State, Nigeria, Accur8Africa, Africa Gathering, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), African Development Bank (ADB), African Development Fund, African Union Commission, Agora, AidData, Asian Development Bank, Barclays, Base of the Pyramid (BoP) HUB, Bretton Woods II, Brookings Institution, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá (Bogota Chamber of Commerce), Canada (Government of), CARE Interna...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
IHO Hydrography Capacity Building Programme for Coastal States

The IHO capacity building programme seeks to assess and advise on how countries can best meet their international obligations and serve their own best interests by providing appropriate hydrographic and nautical charting services. Such services directly support safety of navigation, safety of life at sea, efficient sea transportation and the wider use of the seas and oceans in a sustainable way, including the protection of the marine environment, coastal zone management, fishing, marine resource exploration and exploitation, maritime boundary delimitation, maritime defence and security, and o...[more]

Partners
International Hydrographic Organization (IGO); 87 IHO Member States (Governments); International Maritime Organization (UN); World Meteorological Organization (UN); International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (NGO)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
London Olympics 2012: Planning a sustainable Olympic Games

London is the first summer Host City to embed sustainability in its planning from the start. The London Summer Olympics in 2012 will incorporate sustainability on a broad scale into almost every planning and logistical aspect of the event. Source: Shanghai Manual: A Guide for Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century (2010) London embedded sustainability into its official bid for the 2012 games and committed to using already existing venues throughout the UK where possible and to only build permanent structures that will have long-term use after the games. The Sustainability Pl...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Low Carbon Transition Plan

The UK's Green Economy Council, set up to support the transition to a green, low carbon economy, held its first meeting in February 2011. Source: The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, published in 2009, plots how the UK will meet the 34 percent cut in emissions on 1990 levels by 2020. UK emissions of the basket of six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol were 22.0 per cent lower in 2008 than in the base year, down from 779.9 to 608.4 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent. The Plan shows how reductions in the power sector and heavy industry, transport, homes and communities, workp...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Marine Protected Areas in the UK and our Overseas Territories

The UK Government commits strongly to marine conservation and ensuring that UK waters are managed and used in a sustainable way, including by working internationally with our Overseas Territories in order to protect the globally significant biodiversity found in their waters. Domestically, we have been working hard to deliver a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in UK waters, which currently includes 297 MPAs covering an area of just over 206,000 square kilometers. This MPA coverage represents 23% of UK waters; more than double the 10% target for coastal and marine areas set out in th...[more]

Partners
UK Government (Government), Scottish Government (Government), Welsh Government (Government), Northern Ireland Executive (Government), Government and elected leaders of the UK Overseas Territories (Government)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
One Planet Middlesbrough

One Planet Middlesbrough is an ambitious green economy initiative aiming to promote more sustainable lifestyles and council services within this UK borough. Source: The initiative was launched as a partnership with BioRegional in 2011, The initiative seeks to support residents in their efforts to move towards healthy, happy lifestyles living within a fair share of the Earth's resources, what we call one planet living. Middlesbrough aims to enable one planet living for its residents by 2025 and is the world's second official One Planet Region after the London Borough of Sutton was accredited i...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
One Wales: One Planet

This scheme defines sustainable development as enhancing the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of people and communities, achieving a better quality of life for our own and future generations. Source: Parliament of United Kingdom "One Wales: One Planet" affirms that sustainable development will be the central organising principle of the Welsh Assembly Government and sets out the steps that will be taken to fully embed this approach. This scheme also confirms that sustainable development is the overarching strategic aim of all policies and programmes, across all Ministerial portfol...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Partners for Water and Sanitation (PAWS)

Partners for Water and Sanitation's aim is to help improve access to safe water and sanitation for people in four African countries, using expertise from the UK water industry. PAWS is a not-for-profit partnership whose members come from government, private sector and civil society. PAWS uses the wide range of skills from these partners to provide advice and support to projects on the request of our partner countries. PAWS works on projects that aim to build capacity through knowledge transfer in the water and sanitation sector to help to provide a sustainable solution. Mission Statement...[more]

Partners
Governments: Government of Ethiopia Government of Nigeria Government of South Africa Government of Uganda Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, DEFRA Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Department of International Development, DFID Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Poverty-Environment Partnership (PEP)

The Poverty-Environment Partnership (PEP) is an informal network of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, UN organisations and international NGOs. The PEP seeks to integrate poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and climate resilience in global, national and local development agendas. With agreement to the SDGs , the PEP is launching a ‘getting to zero’ call to action—a unifying vision for the SDGs of reaching zero extreme poverty, zero net greenhouse gas emissions, and zero net loss of natural assets. This will be the cornerstone of PEP’s future strategy and commitment t...[more]

Partners
Members of the PEP Reference Group, which oversees PEP planning and activities, are: Asian Development Bank Austrian Development Agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Development Alternatives Durban City Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme (ESPA) Finland Ministry for Foreign Affairs Government of Bhutan International Centre for Climate Chang...[more]
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets

Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets consist of targets to reduce Government's environmental impact (cutting carbon, waste, water use and procuring sustainably etc) as well as targets to maximise the positive impacts on environment and society (biodiversity, volunteering). Source: UK Government The aims of all of the SOGE targets are for Government to: Lead by example Government must demonstrate leadership in the sustainable management of its estate and use its significant buying power to achieve a low carbon, more resource efficient public sector; and to reduce environmenta...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
The UK/Samoa Biogas project

The British High Commission in Wellington has a strong interest in supporting community projects in Samoa that involve renewable energy, enhanced climate resilience and the potential for building sustainable economic opportunity. Building on our biogas projects of 2012 (below) on 21 October 2013 the Samoan Prime Minister turned the soil at a new site for resource testing centre in Apia. After signing a new agreement between the UK and Samoa, the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Malielegaoi and the then British High Commissioner, HE Mrs Vicki Treadell took their spades and turned the first ...[more]

Partners
United Kingdom Samoa
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Towards a Low Carbon Economy for Scotland

The Scottish Government aims to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. Source: UNCSD Secretariat (2010) Questionnaire for the Member States on Experiences, Success Factors, Risks and Challenges with Regard to Objective and Themes of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) The Scottish Government seeks to facilitate the right infrastructure and investment to stimulate sustainable growth and exploit new market opportunities. Scotland is committed to ambitious statutory targets for emissions re...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
UK aims to increase efforts up to 2015 'to double the number of maternal, newborn and children's lives saved

The UK is currently re-orienting its aid programme to put women at the heart of its development efforts and is focusing rigorously on results, including a review of all bilateral and multilateral aid programmes to maximise impact on mothers and babies. The UK’s new Business Plan for Reproductive Maternal and Newborn Health will set out how the UK aims to increase efforts up to 2015 'to double the number of maternal, newborn and children's lives saved. It is anticipated that UK aid will save the lives of at least 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth, a quarter of a million newborn babies an...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
UK Commitments on Marine Litter

The UK has committed to several actions in order to combat marine litter, including reducing the volume of single use plastic bags and the introduction of national litter strategies. The UK completed a consultation on proposals to ban microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products which cause harm to the marine environment in February 2017 and will use the responses received to inform our approach. Our consultation also asked for evidence on other sources of marine microplastics. The evidence received will help develop future UK actions on marine litter. We have also just published a N...[more]

Partners
UK Government
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
UK commitments on marine science

The UK pledges to work actively with international partners in a range of major issues such as strengthening global ocean observations, world ocean assessments and data sharing. Strengthening our scientific understanding of ongoing ocean changes and their impact on economies will enable more appropriate and coordinated policies to be developed that ensure the sustainable use of the oceans and seas. We pledge to use the opportunities presented by the development of new technologies, such as through the development of autonomous and robotic sampling platforms, new sensors for biogeochemical a...[more]

Partners
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK (Government) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), UK (Government) Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Science (Cefas), UK (Government) National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK (Academic Institution)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)

WSUP's mission is to advance the Millennium Development Goals for water, sanitation, and associated health benefits through multi-sector, stakeholder partnerships delivering sustainable, equitable, and affordable water and sanitation services to the urban poor in developing countries.

Partners
Governments: Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Department for International Development (DFID) Major Groups: CARE International (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) Cranfield University Institute of Water & Environment (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) Halcrow Group (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Irelan...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
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