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2019 Voluntary National Review Awareness And Involvement

From Open Government Pioneer Project

Background

As a full member of the UN, the UK is responsible for submitting its Voluntary National Review (VNR) on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) to the UN in July 2019. The UK Government is currently working with devolved administrations to agree on how they will contribute to the overall review. Scotland's SDG Network has set up an open Working Group that comprises of civil society and the Scottish Government to guide the Scottish contribution and ensure the SDGs can be used for a better Scotland. You can find out more about the Working Group here.

What are we asking?

The review provides the perfect opportunity to start a conversation with citizens and organisations to build greater conversation about the role of the SDGs in Scotland and what can and should be done to increase awareness, the involvement of different parts of society and share what they are doing to address the SDGs. That's why this page has been set up to crowdsource ideas and information and reach out to a much wider group of people and organisations across Scotland.

The aim of this initial engagement is to gather ideas and suggestions for how we can progress awareness of and involvement with the SDGs. In doing so, we hope to be able to understand and discuss further what people and organisations are currently doing to increase awareness and involvement in the SDGs.

Why this approach?

We want to make this initial discussion as deliberative and participative as possible, ensuring that anyone can contribute to planning for Scotland's contribution to the review on SDG progress and the delivery of the SDGs more generally. By collecting your input online, we hope to facilitate further discussion with Scotland's SDG Network and other groups and use this page to support wider engagement plans for the SDGs in Scotland beyond the progress review. We also see this as a useful tool to share learning with local and national civil society groups and governments.

How do I use the wiki?

Anyone can edit, add and share information on this page simply by clicking the 'actions' box in the top right corner of the page and selecting 'edit'. Just remember to save your edits before leaving the site. You do not need an account to make edits, but by creating one your contributions will be attributed to you - it's a personal choice! If you do encounter any problems, just get in touch with the Coordinator for Scotland's SDG Network.

Now, add your voice to the conversation

Anyone can edit, add and share information on this page simply by clicking the 'actions' box in the top right corner of the page and selecting 'edit'. Just remember to save your edits before leaving the site. You do not need an account to make edits, but by creating one your contributions will be attributed to you - it's a personal choice! If you do encounter any problems, just get in touch with the Coordinator for Scotland's SDG Network

Section One: awareness of sustainability and the SDGs

We would like to know more about how you or your organisation are raising awareness in relation to sustainable development in general and in relation to the SDGs in particular?
What are you or is your organisation currently doing to increase awareness of sustainable development? What are you or your organisation doing to specifically raising awareness of the SDGs? What actions and approaches have you have found to be most successful in helping to raise awareness of the SDGs or sustainability in general? What are the biggest challenges to raising awareness of the SDGs or sustainability in general? How could you be supported to increase awareness of the SDGs and sustainability in general?






We would now like to ask if you have any ideas about how we can collectively promote awareness of the SDGs in Scotland.
What do you think should be the focus of any awareness raising actions we undertake together and why? Which top three groups of people do you think we should target our awareness raising actions to and why (e.g. children, youth, business, students, NGOs, local government)?

Section Two: action on SDGs and sustainability

We are also interested in finding out more about actions you are taking in relation to the SDGs and sustainability to enable us to understand, share and collaborate across Scotland.
What are you or is your organisation currently doing to take action for sustainable development? What are you or your organisation doing to specifically take action on the SDGs? What actions and approaches have you have found to be most successful in helping to take action on the SDGs or sustainability in general? What are the biggest challenges to taking action on the SDGs or sustainability in general? How could you be supported to increase action on the SDGs and sustainability in general?
We are aware that achieving the SDG Goals is to a large extent dependent on us working together collectively.  Given this, we are interested to know how you think we can best encourage the participation of others.
What should we focus on to encourage action in relation to the SDGs and sustainability? Which top three groups of people do you think we should target our SDG action to and why (e.g. children, youth, business, students, NGOs, local government)?

Section Three: Agreeing and achieving our aims

The SDG VNR Working Group has identified the following aims and work streams which we hope will provide a focus for our awareness raising and involvement activities in the coming months. It would be very helpful if you could make any practical suggestions for things we could do collectively to achieve our aims. Alternatively, why not suggest a different aim all together?

Aim Work stream Suggest any actions we could take
To Inspire To raise public awareness of the SDGs
To support To improve professional capabilities and knowledge
To lead To secure leadership/influence across sectors and political backing
To empower To empower sectors, stakeholders, citizens and delivery groups in partnership working
To challenge To tackle Goal specific needs and particular challenges
To reach out To build our international impact collaborate with local, national and international partners??

Section Four: Shape the VNR delivery plan

We have drafted a working delivery plan for implementation of the SDGs in Scotland and to guide us in producing Scotland’s input into the upcoming UKGov Voluntary National Review (VNR). We would welcome any comments you have on:
Section One: SDG Implementation in Scotland Section Two: UKGov Voluntary National Review






What happens next?

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