"The UN Global Goals offer a vision of the world that I believe people in Scotland share. The national and international dimensions to poverty and inequality are interlinked. Scotland cannot act with credibility overseas, if we are blind to inequality here at home. And our ambitions for a fairer Scotland are undermined, without global action to tackle poverty, promote prosperity and to tackle climate change." - First Minister Nicola Sturgeon - November 2015
The 2019/20 themed call for proposals focused on The UN Sustainable Development Goals, intended to complement and support existing work in this area to help accelerate progress towards achieving the goals in Scotland. This theme will remain the focus of the following two calls for proposals, in spring and autumn 2020. The work will be steered by a broad group of policy, practice and civil society partners, in close collaboration with SDG Network Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland.
The United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals were supported by 193 signatories at the General Assembly of the UN in September 2015. They form part of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Scotland was one of the first countries to commit to the goals in 2015 and they are incorporated into the National Performance Framework.
The goals are aimed at “mobilizing efforts to end all forms of poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind” They are summarised as being all about “people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership”.