On 1st January 2016, the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals (or 'Global Goals') came into force, replacing the Millenium Development Goals. The Goals represent 17 key targets that member states will use to frame their development agendas over the next 15 years on issues ranging from achieving gender equality to ending hunger, and from reducing inequality to revitalising the global partnership for development.
In July 2015, the First Minister announced that the Scottish Government would adopt the SDGs, making Scotland one of the first nations on Earth to commit to the Goals. The First Minister also outlined the Scottish Government’s plans for implementing the SDGs in Scotland through the National Performance Framework and the Scottish National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP Plan) - a commitment that was praised by the UN, showing Scotland's international leadership on reducing inequality within Scotland as well as beyond our borders.
One of the main purposes of our Consultation is to better align our International Development Policy with the new SDGs, so that all our international development activity contributes to achieving the Global Goals.
We would therefore encourage all respondents to our Consultation to read our SDGs Background Note, where you will find out more about the SDGs and the Scottish Government's own commitment to the Goals.