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Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development - Australians are Innovators


Globally the Australian Government, the business sector and civil society partnerships are seen as vital to making progress to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, offering innovative and responsive solutions to complex challenges. But I wonder how well are we really acting on this at the local level – are we innovating and collaborating to solve complex solutions for long term sustainability in our own backyard? Not a question I intend to answer here but an opportunity to draw your attention to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Many of you may not be aware that the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is meeting this month in New York to review the progress towards the SDGs focusing on Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17.

Australia is one of the 47 Counties that will carry out a Voluntary National Review at this forum having committed to the to the
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

I’m particularly interest in Goal 17:

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year

Australia’s commitment towards Goal 17 is reflected in their
key message stating:

“The SDGs contain long-standing, complex policy challenges with no simple solutions. They require a joint effort.
Australia has long recognised the role of sustainable development in ensuring the well-being of the country and its people. Government legislation, regulation and policy already drives us towards many of the environmental, social and economic outcomes enshrined in the SDGs. As approaches and circumstances evolve, the SDGs provide a framework through which governments, businesses, organisations and individuals can conceive of a problem or objective and devise collective action through partnership to drive progress.

Australia’s economic success, reflected in 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, is a product of broad-scale economic, industrial and trade-related reforms. But we continue to grapple with difficult long-standing policy challenges, such as improving health, economic, justice and well-being outcomes for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. And we will need to address ongoing or evolving ones, such as assisting workers through transitions related to technological and industrial change.

We have substantial expertise, innovation and experience to share.
Australians are innovators. We have a highly-educated, vibrant and engaged population, shaped by world-class institutions. We have skills, experience and knowledge that can help deliver on the SDGs and have built partnerships across sectors and borders to address them. We have contributed our expertise to the development of the SDG Indicators and are sharing technology to help others develop the data to track and report.”

For the full report on the implementation of Australia’s SDGs refer to page 107 for Goal 17.

Food for thought as we consider our effectiveness to build partnerships and to be collaborative to solve long standing social, environmental and economic challenge that we face here in Australia.


Up and Running

  • I've been procrastinating about when is the best time to officially launch Enabling Solutions. Although I have been operating for over 6 months I have been busy building the business both internally and externally. During this time I have got a lot clearer on what I do best, what I can offer and where I can add value to both individuals and organisations.
  • As a generalist this has been a challenge as I have proven over many years that I am a 'jill of all trades' and with 'a can do' attitude I have always been willing to give anything a go. But I really can't offer everything to everybody. So over these past months as I have taken on new clients and worked on various initiatives, delivered workshops and conducted trainings, my focus become sharper. The work has helped to define me and establish what areas of skills and experience I can provide leadership and innovation.
  • So I am pleased to announce that Enabling Solutions will be specialising in Engagement, Partnering and Governance Consulting Services. Let me know if I can be of help to you and your organisation.

Now an Associate

  • I'm please to announce that I am now an Associate at DIXON Partnering Solutions. Working with the Managing Director, Ian Dixon who I have known for a number of years. It's a great opportunity to be engaged in cross sector partnering.
  • DIXON Partnering Solutions (DPS) based in Adelaide has been operating for over 17 years supporting the Business, Government, Community and Education sectors to build strong partnerships that deliver results.
  • The work I will be doing focuses on working with organisations and partners to build their partnering skills and capability to deliver effective partnering initiatives.
  • For more information about the programs offered and consultant delivered go to Dixon Partnering Solutions

Introducing Me

Welcome to my website and my new business Enabling Solutions.
As part of developing what my business would focus on, I undertook a mini personal review. Not knowing how to really 'sell' myself or why others would want to 'buy' what I had to offer, I asked a number of family, friends and colleagues who knew me reasonably well, to text me three words that best described me. The consensus was passionate, committed and trustworthy. There were many other words that also described me but these ones gave an insight into how my behaviour is perceived by others. How I reacted to these words…well I can't argue with passionate, it definitely describes my personality. Other words such as energetic and enthusiastic supported this. While the word committed genuinely describes my behaviour to get things done and there were other words such as determined, driven and motivated. The word that threw me a bit was trustworthy and illustrated to me how others really see me. It's an extremely important value to have and I also noticed that other words such as honest, principled and reliable were mentioned. It was certainly an interesting exercise to do. Some of the other words that others used to describe me included:

  • Confident
  • Engaged
  • Conscientious
  • Courageous
  • Fiery
  • Gregarious
  • Hardworking
  • Intelligent
  • Positive
  • Professional
  • Self-motivated
  • Socially aware
  • Strategic
  • Strong
  • Tenacious
  • Vivacious