Bristol Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador announced
26th March 2018
Bristol’s Mayor has announced an Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the city.
The announcement came at the meeting of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data held in Bristol at City Hall last week. The new role will see the Cabinet lead for education and skills, Councillor Anna Keen, help promote the challenges and opportunities for Bristol that the Goals represent.
Bristol has active city and global sustainability communities in both Bristol Green Capital Partnership and the South West International Development Network, also based in the city.
The global agenda represented by the SDGs brings together the three dimensions of environmental, social and economic sustainability and so will contribute to achieving Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s vision of a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all. The Partnership hosts the Bristol SDG Alliance which advocates the practical use of the SDGs in the city.
Ian Townsend, Chief Executive of the Partnership, said:
“The Mayor’s announcement of an SDG Ambassador on Bristol City Council’s Cabinet is a great step forward. It is a further sign of our city’s leadership on bringing this global agenda down to the city level. It will help us to build on the 11-years of work undertaken by Partnership members and others in the run up to, during and since Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015.
Aligning the emerging One City Plan priorities with the Goals will help to encourage collaborative action towards a sustainable city that leaves no-one and nowhere behind.
Working with global goals will help engagement with businesses and organisations in Bristol and with other cities across the world, sharing ways to make sustainable, inclusive and prosperous cities a reality.”
Bristol’s two universities are supporters of Bristol Green Capital Partnership and are part of the Bristol SDG Alliance. Professor Jim Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor Sustainability at University of the West of England, Bristol and Professor Rich Pancost, Director of the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol, said:
“Bristol’s universities see the Sustainable Development Goals as a key way to help realise a sustainable city and are taking them seriously. Our two universities were also the first to sign up to the SDG Accord, which Bristol Green Capital Partnership also supports. Both of our universities have won major awards recognising our sustainability leadership. We see the new Ambassador role as an important advance for aligning the city’s priorities with these Global Goals.”
Diane Bunyan, Trustee Bristol Women’s Voice and member of the Bristol SDG Alliance and Bristol Women’s Commission, added:
“Bristol Women’s Voice welcomes Cllr Keen’s appointment as SDG Ambassador. We have used the Goals in our Wo-manifesto as a means of measuring Bristol’s progress on women’s equality. The fight for women’s equality is a global one and we are proud to be part of a city that is willing to engage with these challenging goals and work to share good practice with others. We look forward to working with Anna on the SDGs and appreciate her commitment to work in partnership to tackle the challenges facing Bristol.”
- UWE Bristol’s Sustainability Plan, which links to delivering the SDGs, also won a Green Gown award, and a postgraduate student is currently researching Bristol’s progress on addressing the SDGs.
- A group of University of Bristol postgraduate students produced the Bristol & the SDGs and the University’s Research & Engagement Associate is working with the City Office to help support the localisation of the SDGs to Bristol.
- Bristol’s two universities jointly won the 2016 international Green Gown award for student sustainability volunteering activity during Bristol European Green Capital 2015. Find more information on the University of Bristol and University of the West of England, Bristol sustainability pages.
- Read more about Bristol Green Capital Partnership and our work around the SDGs here