This video was produced to encourage businesses in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter to adopt the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and hear from others, about how doing so, is helping their organisations.
The video features representatives from Compass Housing Services, Ampcontrol, Scratchleys, City of Newcastle, Singleton Council, Plastic Police, SingularityU Australia, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Kumalie Group.
For an overview of the SDGs, see the United Nation’s main SDG homepage which includes a series of educational videos describing each of the 17 goals. The site also provides useful information on communication materials and how to use them.
The annual Sustainable Development Goals Report provides an overview of the world’s implementation efforts to date, highlighting areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken to ensure no one is left behind.
The SDG Index and Dashboards report provides the annual overview of countries’ performance on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2018, a Federal Senate Inquiry into the SDGs was held to assess the state of national implementation and 18 recommendations for improvement were made. The National Sustainable Development Council has prepared this report on Australia’s progress in achieving the SDGs.
The 2019 SDG Index and Dashboards report ranks Australia as 38 out of 162 countries and shows that Australia is insufficiently meeting 16 of the 17 SDGs and only showing positive progress on 3 SDGs.
You can download the SDGs In Action app to learn about the 17 SDGs, get news on your favourite goals, and find out what you can do to achieve them.
You can also take personal actions to support the SDGs as per The Good Life Goals.
The Good Life Goals highlight the vital role of individual action in achieving the ambitions of the SDGs. They were created to be relevant, easily understood and accessible to individuals all around the world. Check out the Good Life Goals video for more information HERE.
The United Nations and Mattel, Inc. have collaborated to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to preschool audiences through the animated children’s series Thomas & Friends™ with elements from five of the 17 SDGs being incorporated into episodes.
In addition to the five SDGs already present in the episodes, content featuring SDG #6 Clean Water and Sanitation is also available on the website AllAboardForGlobalGoals.com
Sekisui Chemical created the Sekisui SDGs Academy to help young people learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and what companies are doing to achieve these goals. This website will bring you on a journey of discovery and make you think about what we can do for our earth.
SDG Online is a fully searchable and curated collection of SDG related content from Taylor and Francis books and journals as well as teaching, learning and summary materials.
There are numerous resources available for not-for-profits when considering the implementation of the SDGs. You can join the UN Global Compact Network Australia. You can use the SDG Compass and toolkit to start embedding the goals in your organisation or use the free online SDG Action Manager to take action and track your progress on the Global Goals.
The Integrating the SDGs into Corporate Reporting Guide helps businesses move beyond simply mapping activities and programs against the SDGs to driving change.
There are numerous resources available for businesses when considering the implementation of the SDGs including:
A CEO statement of support for the SDGs was issued in 2016 through Global Compact Network Australia and the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia is an active vocal champion for the goals.
Leaders like Australia Post and Brambles have begun to integrate the goals into business strategies, performance measurement and annual reporting.
Organisations can also join the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program which provides assistance to organisations in accelerating progress towards achieving the SDGs.
Organisations can also join the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program which provides assistance to organisations to achieve increased competitiveness and improved bottom lines through better environmental practices.
Currently over 500 participants are saving a combined $95 million a year through the program.
Local councils have been among the early adopters of the SDGs in Australia and are using them both to plan and measure their community impact. Central Coast Council and City of Newcastle have integrated the goals into their Community Strategic Plans. While Tamworth, Wollongong and Shellharbour Councils have used them as foundation to their Community Sustainability Strategies.
There are numerous resources available for councils when considering the implementation of the SDGs including
Councils can also join the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program which provides assistance to councils in accelerating progress towards achieving the SDGs.
Inspiring Positive Change | Sydney Opera House
In October 2019 the Sydney Opera House aligned relevant strategies and action plans to the Global Goals and set clear and actionable commitments that deliver on nine of the 17 goals.
Sydney Opera House’s commitment was celebrated in glorious colour, with the eastern sails lit to show support for the goals when the plans were published.