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.