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Challenging the UK’s food system to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

1st November 2017

(via UKSSD) By Robin Hinks The Sustainable Development Goals offer us an opportunity to challenge a food system in the UK that is unhealthy, unfair and unsustainable. In this blog Robin Hinks from the Food Foundation explains why and how. Less healthy food products, calorie for calorie, are three times cheaper than healthier food products.…


Three ways for businesses to support the Sustainable Development Goals

1st November 2017

(via UKSSD) By Colin Curtis There’s a lot of talk about why businesses need to get behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I’ve read countless articles on the economic opportunity associated with the goals, or the importance of industry support. The business case for supporting the SDGs is incredibly compelling. Improved brand, better customer relationships,…



NI Sustainable Development Goals website launched

31st October 2017

The NI Open Government Network is working in partnership with networks in England, Scotland and Wales to build the capacity of citizens and civil society to use open government approaches to progress the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A new website has been launched to support this initiative, please visit globalgoalsni.org for more information.


Invitation to deliver the independent evaluation of the Open Government Pioneers UK project

19th October 2017

The UK Open Government Pioneers Project aims to raise understanding and awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals amongst citizens and decision makers and to encourage the use open government approaches to progress the Goals. The project is formally linked to the International Open Government Partnership. We are inviting bidders to deliver the independent evaluation of…


What’s happening with the independent evaluation of Scotland’s OpenGov Action Plan?

17th October 2017

  With the independent evaluation of Scotland’s Open Government Action Plan now underway, I spoke with the independent reporter assigned to Scotland, Andrew McDevitt, to find out what happens next with the assessment process. This includes what’s up for discussion at our next Network meeting on 8th November – you can sign up here to…


Letter to Caroline Nokes, Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency

22nd August 2017

The steering committee of the UK Open Government Network has written to Caroline Nokes, Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency, welcoming her to post and calling on her to take a lead on open government.  Dear Caroline Nokes MP, Commitment to open government We write on the behalf of the UK Open Government Civil Society Network…


2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 27 July 2017 | Meeting note

2nd August 2017

On 27 July 2017, members of the OGN’s steering committee and government commitment leads met to review the implementation of the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan and the UK OGP process. This note of the meeting was produced by the Cabinet Office. In addition, progress updates on commitments can be found at: https://www.opengovernment.org.uk/resource/2016-18-open-government-action-plan-july-2017-commitment-progress-updates/  Attendees William Gerry…


ScopeNI – Making the Global Goals relevant for citizens

5th June 2017

Written by Ryan Miller for ScopeNI Scope talks with the Northern Ireland Environment Link about their plans to improve awareness and understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Some of the major issues in the world would best be tackled by unity across national borders. When some of the truly global institutions set targets for…


Grassroots Democracy Games & the UN Sustainable Development Goals – NI Special Schools having some serious fun!

2nd June 2017

Pupils from three schools participated in a Democracy Games event at Parliament Buildings.  The session, organised by the Northern Ireland Open Government Network and the Grassroots Challenge, was based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  As well as having some serious fun, the event aimed to enhance political literacy by introducing pupils to party politics…