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Australian Sustainable Development Goals Summit 2018 - Outcomes Report

Published November 2018

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – also referred to as the 2030 Agenda or the Global Goals – define global sustainable development priorities to 2030 and seek to mobilise global efforts to end extreme poverty, promote prosperity and wellbeing, reduce inequality and injustice, and protect the environment. They call on action from governments at all levels, as well as other actors such as business, civil society and academia, and recognise the importance of collaboration and innovation. Australia, as one of the 193 member states that agreed on the SGDs, is expected to report on its progress towards achieving the SDGs, including the action taken to implement them.

The SDGs provide a significant opportunity to address the social, environmental and governance challenges facing Australia and the world. They provide a shared and integrated framework that helps identify where action is needed, that seeks to mobilise local and global efforts around a common set of goals and challenges, and that allows us to track our progress.

To help realise this opportunity, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific came together in September 2016 to hold the inaugural Australian SDGs Summit. The inaugural Summit recognised that the SDGs are ambitious and that ‘business as usual’ will not be enough to achieve them.1 Our organisations, as leading advocates for the SDGs, have all worked since to develop awareness and tools to support engagement and action on the SDGs across the sectors that we represent.

For Australia, 2018 has been a critical year for the implementation of the SDGs, as the Australian Government presented its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the implementation of the SDGs to the United Nations. The organisers of the Australian SDGs Summit 2018 – now joined also by the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) – brought participants together to explore the current state of implementation, contribute to Australia’s first VNR, and inspire greater multi-sector action in Australia and beyond.

Reflecting the growing interest in the SDGs in Australia, the Summit, which took place on 13 March 2018, brought together close to 300 participants, representing almost 200 organisations from all sectors in Australia


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