We are the UK Government’s independent adviser on sustainable development. Through advocacy, advice and
appraisal, we help put sustainable development at the heart of Government policy


Where next?

Although our work is coming to an end, there are a number of opportunities you can sign up to for more information or to share knowledge or participate in future change:

» Defra - On 28 February 2011 the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman announced the Government’s plan for mainstreaming sustainable development in Government. As part of this work, Defra has committed to taking on the SDC’s stakeholder engagement function, and would like to continue to work with you, but you’ll need to sign up to be involved in the future. If you would like to receive monthly updates from Defra on this work please sign up here, where you can also indicate if you are interested in contributing your views or being involved in future sustainable development policy. If you have any general queries contact sd.scene@defra.gsi.gov.uk

» Wales - The new arrangements for supporting sustainable development in Wales consist of a new Commissioner for Sustainable Futures whose role will be supported for the first year by a strengthened Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales. SDC Commissioner Peter Davies has been appointed as the first Commissioner for Sustainable Futures from 1 April 2011. More details can be found here. To stay informed of opportunities to be involved with the new arrangements, e-mail admin@cynnalcymru.com.

» Scotland - For general enquiries on sustainable development in Scotland contact the Scottish Government - sustainable@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

» Northern Ireland - For general enquiries on sustainable development in Northern Ireland contact the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers - everyonesinvolved@ofmdfmni.gov.uk

» The People's Green Watchdog will be a highly collaborative network of influencers, experts and interested parties that will monitor all government activity relating to sustainable development, as well as acting as a lobbying platform. Follow @GreenwatchdogUK on Twitter or email: info@greenwatchdog.co.uk to register your interest and for more information.

» The St Andrews Sustainability Institute at the University of St Andrews is aiming to develop a cross UK knowledge network for sustainable development work. The network will link up Universities with an active research, teaching and/or knowledge exchange capacity in sustainable development. If you would like to be involved in this work or keep in touch with progress on this task, please e-mail: sasi@st-andrews.ac.uk.

» The Alliance for Future Generations is a group of organisations and individuals working to bring long-termism and the needs of future generations to the heart of UK policy-making and democracy in order to safeguard the environment and secure intergenerational justice. If you are interested in joining the Alliance or finding out more please email: allianceforfuturegenerations@fdsd.org.

» The Environmental Audit Committee considers how well the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development and audits their performance against sustainable development and environmental protection targets.

» The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) network is a unique collaboration between the councils set up by European governments to provide independent and scientifically based advice on environment and sustainable development.

» The Scottish Sustainable Development Forum (SSDF) is a network of sustainable development experts and practitioners across Scotland which focuses on learning from experience, sharing best practice and discussing initiatives.

» The Climate Challenge Fund, part of the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Action Fund, makes funds available to community groups who wish to make a real difference by reducing carbon emissions in their local area.