A LETTER urging Boris Johnson to adopt the established the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the UK’s COVID-19 recovery plans has been signed by leaders of more than 100 renowned companies, charities, universities and trade associations, including Made in Britain.
According to the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Global Compact, UK Network, who jointly co-ordinated the letter, “The Sustainable Development Goals provide us with a blueprint to end poverty and inequality, and put health, wellbeing and job creation at the heart of COVID-19 recovery plans in the UK.”
The letter was sent to the prime minister on 9 June and references a statement he made at the Financing for Development event on 28 May, where he called for "fairer, greener and more resilient global economy" after COVID-19. He said that we must “work together to get shared goals back on track including [...] the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The letter supports this and states, “We do not need to reinvent frameworks or agreements, we can instead use the global goals as the basis for a socially just and green recovery in the UK and abroad.”
Made in Britain has long been a supporter of the Sustainable Development Goals and chief executive John Pearce (left) said, “Our message to the prime minister from members is that we don’t need to waste time rethinking or rewriting what has already been agreed. The SDGs are perfect – 17 universally adopted environmental and social targets, agreed across 193 countries and serving as shared ambition to end hunger around the world by 2030.”