The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: from Summit to Outcomes

The theme of the United Nations Association of New Zealand’s annual conference was to assess the value of Summitry.

In speaking at the conference, UNIC Canberra Director, Christopher Woodthorpe, spoke on how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development owed its existence to the success of a series of summits and conferences which had built, over the years, on a foundation laid by Member States when they agreed on the UNCED, or Earth Summit, outcome document, Agenda 21.

Pictured: Ms Joy Dunsheath, President of the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) with the Director of UNIC Canberra. Photo: UNANZ

While noting that the true success of the Sustainable Development Summit of 2015 would not be known until well after 2030, the significant progress that was being made to implement the SDGs globally, and relevantly, in the region was highlighted.

The working being undertaken by the UN to support countries in the Pacific, and the need for local engagement was also stressed.  In this respect, the positive progress of communities and particularly cities, was pointed out as vital to the success of the Agenda.  While the 2030 Agenda, built on a foundation of successive global summits, helps governments focus their plans and policies, the audience was advised that real progress towards a better world for all will only succeed if the outcome is a transformation in the way we all live.

For more information on the Sustainable Development Goals