Sustainable Development Commission

Sustainable Development Commission

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Sustainable Development Commission

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The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) was a non-departmental public body responsible for advising the UK Government, Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly Government, and Northern Ireland Executive on sustainable development.

It was set up by the Labour Government in June 2000 and closed by the Coalition Government in March 2011.


In 1999 the Labour Government made the policy case for sustainable development in a White paper entitled A better quality of life.

Pressure then came to oversee the Government's progress and develop policy on sustainable development, including from Michael Meacher MP.

Subsequently, the Sustainable Development Commission was founded by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in June 2000. It replaced the UK Round Table on Sustainable Development, a stakeholder body, and the British Government Panel on Sustainable Development, a Government think tank.

Leadership and purpose

The commission reported directly to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK Government), the First Minister of Scotland (Scottish Government), First Minister for Wales (Welsh Assembly Government), and the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern...
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