Having decided to adopt some of the SDGs and targets, a council needs to ensure that the plans and policies to achieve them are working. It needs reliable indicators of progress, and a way of systematically reviewing progress and making any changes required to ensure it stays on course.
The main outcome expected from any council’s engagement with the SDGs is a localised version of them. This would be a set of 2030 targets agreed with strategic partners that align with the SDGs and some of the affiliated targets. This local commitment to the SDGs would be supported by a range of existing strategies and plans, with some possibly amended, extended or drawn up anew to embed the SDGs within them.