A Commentary on the Localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Jones, Peter and Comfort, Daphne (2019) A Commentary on the Localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Journal of Public Affairs. ISSN 1479-1854

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Abstract

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embrace an ambitious and wide ranging set of environmental, social and economic issues designed to effect a transition to a more sustainable future. While the SDGs are global in nature, there is an increasing awareness that the they also have an important local dimension. With this in mind, this commentary paper outlines the characteristics of the SDGs, reviews their importance at the local level, provides some illustrations of how they are being addressed locally within North Western Europe and UK and offers some reflections on localising the SDGs. The paper suggests that progress in launching and developing local initiatives within the UK has, to date, been limited. In part, this reflects the lack of a clear national policy framework for the localisation of the SDGs and in part, it reflects the challenges of raising awareness of the importance of local SDG initiatives and of funding such initiatives. Looking to the future, communications and public relations professionals may have an important role to play in raising awareness of the importance of the SDGs at the local level and this may help to change hearts and minds in addressing the policy making and financial challenges.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals, Localisation, Raising Awareness, UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5387 Business Ethics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business and Technology > Business & Enterprise Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 16:54
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 13:32
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6598

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