To date we have:
i. Raised awareness of the SDGs with a public meeting in July 2018, and through constituent organisations of the Forum
ii. Presented a petition asking Canterbury City Council to identify good practices contributing to the goals and produce a report
iii. Held meetings with CCC and KCC officers to share ideas for promoting the SDGs
iv. Organised a meeting with a local authority officer from Belgium to learn from Flemish good practice in localising the SDGs.
Our work is aimed at benefitting the population of Canterbury district and Kent more generally. The reports referred to above are intended to identify specific ways in which the implementation of the SDGs can do this. Canterbury City Council responded to our petition with a report to the meeting of its Policy and Resources Committee on 14 November 2018 here. The report identified examples of CCC initiatives which will benefit the local community in line with the SDGs.
We are working with a Kent County Council officer to contribute to an Action Plan for the KCC Energy and Low Emissions Strategy.
- brought together local institutions to provide a common framework for the local sustainability agenda;
- built on the previous work of Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, who had both signed the SDG Accord, agreeing to incorporate the SDGs into their operations;
- had meetings with CCC and KCC officers to identify and explore links between the SDGs and local policies;
- held meetings with Rosie Duffield MP, and worked with her on formulating parliamentary questions which she has asked, on UK implementation of the SDGs and on the UK government’s Voluntary National Review.