Following the success of our 2016 breakout sessions, UKSSD has again invited its partners to host the breakout sessions for 2017.
If you're new to the SDGs we recommend you join Newcastle University, Impact International and the Open University in the Council Chamber for Making the Sustainable Development Goals stick
11:00 - 12:30
Devolution, Brexit and the Sustainable Development Goals
ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and Sustainability East
This session explores the evolution of governance within the UK and the impact of the movement of power back to London from Brussels and from London to the regions. These changes are profound and far reaching, and the implementation of policy to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a vital part of this. For example, how will environment policy, currently predominantly presiding within the European Commission, be managed within the UK? Participants will work in groups to explore what the implications of Brexit and devolution will be for SDG implementation in the UK.
Raising awareness and creating ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals in UK schools and beyond
Awareness raising and creating ownership of the SDGs among the general public is crucial if they are to be achieved in the UK. Goal 4.7 states that ‘by 2030 everybody needs to have acquired the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development’. The aim of this session is for delegates with an interest in education about the SDGs and public awareness-raising to explore what has been happening in UK society to date, what models of change in education and awareness-raising have the most impact, and how stakeholders can work together. Case studies of practice in schools and from the Global Learning Programme will be shared.
Global water security: How can the UK contribute?
1.5 billion people (nearly 15%) do not have access to clean water. Consider this in a world where the population is predicted to grow by 2.5 billionn people over the next 30 years, only 2.5% of our water is fresh and a changing climate that will exacerbate the divide between those that have access to water and those that do not. The UK is a world leader in water supply and sanitation. This creates a great opportunity and duty for us to continue to demonstrate best practice and to apply this at home and around the world. This session is for practitioners, suppliers and those with a passion for the water environment. The session will use a facilitated discussion to explore the UK’s contribution to SDG 6 which seeks to ensure universal and equitable access to clean water and sanitation.
14:45 - 16:15
Ensuring cross-sector collaboration for delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals
Institution of Environmental Sciences and Koreo
Professionals with different world views and experiences approach sustainability and collaboration in very diverse ways. Do these approaches provide an opportunity or a threat to the delivery of the SDGS? This workshop aims to bring individuals from different backgrounds and professions together to explore their perspectives on what action for sustainable development and the SDGs means to them. The session will explore the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches, and use this analysis to inform the drafting of some key principles for cross-sector collaboration for the SDGs. Insights from other disciplines or professions will hopefully inspire attendees to trial different approaches in their own work and in collaborative ventures with others.
Nothing about us, without us: Getting the public involved in the Sustainable Development Goals
Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development and Involve
Most organisations, whether government agencies, civil society organisations or businesses, are primarily focused on achieving particular goals associated with the SDGs. But SDG16 shows that the process through which transformations take place is just as critical and can be transformative in its own right. This workshop will build the confidence and capacity of delegates to consider the use of participatory processes in their own work and how they could be integrated more effectively into the realisation of SDGs in the UK.
Utilising the Sustainable Development Goals to secure UK nutrition and food leadership
12 of the 17 SDGs are highly relevant to nutrition and food security. On the international stage the UK has been at the forefront of raising the importance of good nutrition. However, the UK is currently failing to commit to tackling poor nutrition at home. The latest UN data suggests 8.4 million people live in food insecure homes in the UK, lacking sufficient or secure access to food due to resource constraints. Simultaneously, 1 in 5 pupils are leaving primary school obese, permanently affecting their life chances and elevating national health costs and damaging productivity rates. The objective of the session is to identify opportunities to collaboratively lever the SDGs to learn from international best practice and secure domestic changes to public policy.