UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development UKSSD CONF | Unlocking UK’s potential: from ambition to transformation



The annual conference of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) will take place in London (ICAEW, Chartered Accountants’ Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA) on 1 March 2017 from 08:30 to 17:00.


Under the theme ‘Unlocking the UK’s potential: from ambition to transformation,’ the conference will explore how to translate the ambition of the 17 Goals and 169 Targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into transformational action for the UK.


Hosted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the event will bring together academics, businesses, NGOs, professionals, government and public under one banner: transformational action on SDGs for the UK.


The day’s programme comprises a main programme in Grand Hall and a sub programme (at selected times) of parallel sessions in Council Chamber and Breakout Spaces. The event will feature keynotes and a variety of sessions ranging from plenaries, presentations, drop-in surgeries and breakout spaces delivered by UKSSD partners.


Main programme (Grand Hall)


The proceedings will start with a welcome by ICAEW President Hilary Lindsay, followed by an introduction to UKSSD.


Keynote speakers are:

  • Amanda Mackenzie OBE (CEO of Business in the Community)
  • Lord Bates (Minister of State, Department for International Development)
  • Michael Green (CEO of Social Progress Imperative)


Panel 1, on Transforming communities, comprises Dr Jane Davidson (Chair/ University of Wales Trinity Saint David UWTSD), Richard Couldrey (Transition Network), Ian Townsend (Bristol Green Capital Partnership), Conor Moloney (Carter Jonas), Katharine Knox (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Sara Mahmoud (Shelter). They will share their experience of advancing sustainable development at the local level.


Panel 2, on Transforming lives, comprises John Elkington (Chair), Professor Kate Pickett (Equality Trust), Mike Barry (Marks & Spencer), Trewin Restorick (Hubbub) and Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters). Focusing on some of the key challenges facing UK society today, such as poverty, inequality, climate change and over-consumption of resources, the panellists will explore how the SDGs might be used as a framework for understanding how these issues interact, and how addressing the Goals comprehensively can transform lives in the UK.


Tanya Steele (Chief Executive of WWF-UK) will deliver closing remarks.


Session in Council Chamber


The parallel session in the Council Chamber, titled ‘Making the Sustainable Development Goals stick’, will help delegates better understand the goals and principles that underpin them while highlighting their relevance to the UK. It will be delivered by Open University, Impact International and Newcastle University.


Breakout spaces


Breakout spaces will be as follows:

  • Devolution, Brexit and the Sustainable Development Goals | ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and Sustainability East
  • Raising awareness and creating ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals in UK schools and beyond | Pearson
  • Ensuring cross-sector collaboration for delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals | Institution of Environmental Sciences and Koreo
  • Nothing about us, without us: Getting the public involved in the Sustainable Development Goals | Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development and Involve
  • Utilising the Sustainable Development Goals to secure UK nutrition and food leadership | Food Foundation


UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)


UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) is an open platform that supports public, private and voluntary organisations, with a mission: To inspire and support all stakeholders to transform the UK into a sustainable society. This multi-stakeholder network comprising academics, businesses, NGOs, and government at all levels, helps to facilitate the delivery of the SDGs in the UK.


UKSSD membership is free and requires no commitments


NOTE: This post is entirely based on the content of the UKSSD Conference website. Logos and graphics are from relevant websites.





UK SSD Conference website


Conference programme


UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) | @ukssdnetwork


The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) | @ICAEW


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