MSPs debate Sustainable Development Goal progress

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 13th January 2020

Scotland's progress to meeting its international obligations, including on health and wellbeing, will be debated in the Scottish Parliament.

As part of the UWS-Oxfam Partnership, On Target for 2030? An independent snapshot review of Scotland’s progress against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (this link will take you away from our website), was published in July 2019.

The document contained a range of contributions from across civil society in Scotland highlighting progress, commitment and next steps towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The ALLIANCE contributed a chapter on Section 3: Good health and wellbeing.

On Thursday 16 January 2020, members of the Scottish Parliament will debate the contents of the document at a debate tabled by Lewis Macdonald MSP, the Health and Sport Committee’s convenor. The ALLIANCE has published a briefing for all MSPs in advance of the debate highlighting that:

  • While progress towards the goal is being made health inequalities in Scotland persist.
  • Regulatory bodies report that there are persistent problems in achieving policy goals.
  • There is a significant amount of policy aimed to improving Scotland’s health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Areas for future priority include – interventions focused towards particular seldom heard groups, greater involvement of third sector and community groups and taking a human rights based approach in practice (as well as policy).
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