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
Our role as a convenor
Sustainable development often requires the balancing of different and often competing needs in pursuit of the most sustainable course of action. As such, progress towards sustainability can be more complicated in some areas than in others.
In particularly contentious areas, the SDC has at times opted to act solely as a convenor, bringing together individuals and organisations with different or opposing views, with the intention of finding areas where consensus might be found.
This approach has worked well in a number of areas, examples of which are given below: