UNAA Victoria is strongly committed to working to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a group of 17 goals agreed to by the UN’s 194 member states in 2015 as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable global future. They address the challenges everyone in the world faces – poverty, inequality, climate change, gender equality and justice.
Roadmap for recovery
And now that we are living in a world brought to its knees by a global pandemic, the SDGs can provide us with a roadmap for recovery. They were originally designed to build a resilient and sustainable world by 2030 – we will now have to work harder to achieve this but the SDGs provide a framework to recover better and build a healthier, safer, fairer and more prosperous world.
Led by the Global Compact Network Australia, UNAA is part of a coalition of more than 50 businesses, universities and organisations calling on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to use the SDGs to guide Australia out of the pandemic.
“The SDGs outline a path to 2030 that leaves no one behind, and creates a sustainable world through the development of new markets and opportunities for governments, companies, workers and communities. There is already widespread support of the SDGs across Australia, including
from the business community, for the future that these global goals define. Creating a fairer, more resilient and cleaner economy does not require the reinvention of frameworks or agreements. Instead, we are in a unique position to use the SDGs as the basis for a socially just and green recovery, one that further strengthens Australia’s ability to meet the SDGs.”
Localising the SDGs
UNAA Victoria is working in partnership with key organisations committed to increasing buy in and actions to progress the SDGs in Australia and our region.
In partnership with the Connected Cities Lab, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, Banksia Foundation and Arup Sydney we are part of the project team for the SDGs Cities Challenge.
Working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, we are contributing to the CivVic Labs Challenge.
In September, we launched a partnership with the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association to run monthly seminars focusing on one SDG and the ways in which these key community centres are contributing to a more resilient, fair world.
2021 UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum – 20 and 21 April
In 2021, we will run a major two day digital forum to promote sustainable partnerships to progress the SDGs. We will provide a link to the 2021 UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum website soon.
Earlier SDGs Partnerships
During 2018 and 2019, we proudly partnered with Deakin University to run an annual program of events and activities around the SDGs.