Richard Curtis CBE examined on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

06 June 2019

The International Development Committee takes evidence from UN SDG advocate, Richard Curtis CBE and Kate Garvey, Co-Founder of Project Everyone on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Tuesday 11 June 2019, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Richard Curtis CBE, UN SDG Advocate
  • Kate Garvey, Co-Founder of Project Everyone

Purpose of the Session

The penultimate session of the Committee’s inquiry into UK progress on the SDGs will see the Committee take evidence from filmmaker and UN SDGs Advocate, Richard Curtis, and global communications expert and Co-Founder of Project Everyone (with Curtis), Kate Garvey. The Committee will explore how to mobilise support for the SDGs in the UK, comparing recent efforts to Curtis’s landmark campaign, ‘Make Poverty History’, which brought the Millennium Development Goals and the fight to eliminate extreme poverty into the mainstream.

It will also ask what more the Government needs to do to communicate the Goals to a wider audience, and how it can capitalise on the momentum around this year’s Voluntary National Review to engage the whole of Government with this agenda. It will also address recent criticism of Comic Relief’s use of British celebrities to communicate its work in Africa and ask whether it is time for a new ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign.

Later, the same day, the Commons will consider the UK Voluntary National Review (VNR) of progress towards the UN SDGs in a debate on the floor of the House. The UK VNR is due to be submitted the UN by the end the week, Friday 14 June.

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Image: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

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