On 23 September 2022, more than 80 UK organisations raised an SDG flag to show their support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This September marks seven years since the world embraced the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, reflect a shared objective and ambition across all countries to end poverty and hunger everywhere, to combat inequalities within and among countries, to build peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, to protect human rights and promote gender equality of women and girls, and to ensure a lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources by 2030. The 17 Goals are supported by 169 targets and 232 indicators, enabling progress to be prioritised and tracked.

On 23 September Vertigo Ventures joined hundreds of businesses, government departments, civil society organisations, and schools in a global movement to fly an SDG flag to spread awareness of the SDGs and mobilise stakeholders for the 2030 agenda.

VV works with customers and partners worldwide to help understand, capture, measure and report impact and progress towards the SDGs. Through the TrackImpact.org global collaboration platform, organisations can publish their inspirational impact projects into the public domain, and clearly align these to the relevant SDGs. Learn more about TrackImpact.org after yesterday’s announcement of our project competition winners:

Bob Fedorciow, CRO at Vertigo Ventures, commented:

“This is a fantastic initiative from UN Global Compact, falling right in the middle of the UN’s #ACT4SDGs week. The world needs faster action towards the sustainable development goals than ever. What better place to show our support and help raise awareness than in Windsor, one of the seats of our sustainability-minded new King.”

In the UK, there have been some significant milestones towards the SDGs. The preliminary findings of the UN Global Compact Network UK’s Measuring Up project found that since 2007, there has been an estimated 15% reduction in food waste and the UK Government have made significant progress in increasing the scale and scope of its climate change ambitions by setting a legally binding net zero target and developing a net zero strategy. However, there is still considerable progress that needs to be made. In the past year alone, the number of children engaged in child labour in the UK has risen by a staggering 34% compared to the previous year, and childhood obesity rates have shot up in the last year alone with one in four reception-aged children and two in five year 6 children in England now overweight or obese. It is because of this that the 2030 Agenda is more important than ever, and worldwide collaboration between governments, businesses, and civil society organisations essential.

With only 1 in 10 people in Britain familiar with the SDGs, raising the SDG flag this September is essential to raise awareness and mobilise stakeholders for action. Join the global movement in championing the SDGs so together the 2030 Agenda can be achieved.

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