Aligning Bristol’s One City Plan with the SDGs

Sean Fox, Allan Macleod

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The City of Bristol in the United Kingdom has pledged its support to
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has worked to identify
alignment between the Goals and the recently launched One City Plan.
This plan articulates a vision for the city and a set of explicit targets to
be achieved by 2050. Alignment with the goals was achieved through a
12-month partnership between the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council,
and two key networks of stakeholders. Through this process, a mapping
exercise was undertaken to identify a framework for monitoring progress
against the targets embedded in both the One City Plan and the SDGs.
This process highlighted obstacles such as the paucity of local-level indicators that matched the official indicators of the Inter-agency and Expert
Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDG) and the limited relevance of some
official IAEG-SDG indicators to city-level monitoring. A methodology was
developed to assess the relevance of target areas and to identify contextually-relevant local indicators and proxies to assess progress. This involved
consulting city council experts, partner organizations, civic leaders, and
academics, and has helped increase resources with which key Bristol
institutions can engage to understand the SDGs at the local level.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2019


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