Presentation to New Zealand Institute of International Affairs

Sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda were the focus of a presentation made by the UNIC Canberra Director to members of the NZ Institute of International Affairs and the UN Association of NZ at Auckland University.

As many in the audience were not very familiar with the SDGs, the lecture focused on an introduction to the Agenda, but then moved on to review how it was being implemented, with particular reference to developments in the Pacific region.

The work of UN agencies supporting governments in the region was highlighted, as was the progress seen in a number of cities that are engaging with the Goals and integrating these into their plans and strategies.

The evening concluded with an enthusiastic question and answer session ranging from how to divert funds away from armament spending to support the Agenda, the crisis of corruption in many countries and how New Zealand could become more engaged with the Goals.