The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of ambitious goals and targets designed to make the world a better place by ending poverty, halting climate change and reducing inequalities. This work programme is part of the country’s commitment to the agenda 2030 on sustainable development.

ONS’ role in the SDGs

ONS are fulfilling the mandate placed on all NSIs by the UN General Assembly to coordinate and report on the global SDG indicators. We aim to shine a light on who is being ‘left behind’ so policy makers can take action, and we aim to support colleagues across the world develop capability.

Cabinet Office and the Department for International Development (DfID) have responsibility for policy implementation. Our role is to collaborate and coordinate with topic leads across the GSS and beyond, to report data and to promote the SDG-related work we do. We are one of the world leaders in providing data for the SDG indicators.

About this site

The site is based on the open source Open SDG platform. The Open SDG platform is the result of collaboration between the the UK Office For National Statistics (ONS), US government, and the non-profit Center For Open Data Enterprise (CODE).

For more information about Open SDG and how you could create your own version of this website, see the Guidance page.

After carrying out an initial phase of user research, we found that the four main users of this site are:

For more information about the user personas, see our page which outlines the different user types and their needs.

Need more info?

The answers to some frequently asked questions are also available in the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any feedback on this website or UK SDG data then please email us at sustainabledevelopment@ons.gov.uk.