Tag Archives: Sustainable Development Goals

UN-World Bank panel calls for ‘fundamental shift’ in water management

Making Every Drop Count: An Agenda for Water Action, released by a panel of 11 Heads of State and a Special Advisor, calls for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water so that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 6 on ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, can be achieved.

According to the report, 40 per cent of the world’s people are being affected by water scarcity. If not addressed, as many as 700 million could be displaced by 2030 in search for water. More than two billion people are compelled to drink unsafe water and more than 4.5 billion do not have safely managed sanitation services. More.

Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals

The International Women’s Club invited the UNIC Director to address them as their keynote speaker on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The presentation described the importance of the SDGs and the impact they have on everyday life.  With International Women’s Day a week away, the presentation focused Goal 5: Gender Equality to help explain how the Goals worked.

To demonstrate how they are all interconnected, the audience were asked to hold up a card for a specific goal that had been placed on their seat, and then to connect with someone who had a goal that was linked to theirs.  There was a lively Q&A session after the presentation, with a variety of questions ranging from climate change and abolishing plastics, to reducing weapons and upholding peace.

Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals

Young Australians Talk About The Sustainable Development Goals

High School Students from across Australia took part in a Plan for the Planet programme at the Australian National University in Canberra.

We took our camera along and worked with the students to make this short video. The students spoke about which Sustainable Development Goal was important to them and why – they also had fun filming and interviewing each other in the process.

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF),
the central platform for reviewing progress on the implementation of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level, takes place this year on 10-19 July at UN Headquarters in New York.

The Forum will bring together member states, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to review the successes,   challenges and lessons learned on achieving the SDGs.

Richard Curtis, a SDG Advocate, is a screen writer and director, responsible for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary – and leading up to the HLPF read what he has to say about the importance of the SDGs and why he regards them as the toolkit for the current and future generations.

UN in the Pacific; working together to build resilience and reduce vulnerabilities

On 23 June, resilience in the face of Climate Change was in the spotlight with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office Country Director, and Head of Pacific Regional Programme and Policy, Mr Bakhodir Burkhanov, giving presentations in support of this key global issue as part of European Climate Diplomacy Week.

Titled UN in the Pacific; working together to build resilience and reduce vulnerabilities, Mr Burkhanov’s presentation raised this key global issue with the Diplomatic Corps at the UNIC Canberra Office, and again with the academic community in an address at the Australian National University.

Mr Burkhanov discussed building resistance to climate change and natural disasters, and resilience from a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) perspective, examining how this might drive sustainable development more broadly.

He also spoke about how action to adapt to climate change, manage disaster risk, and reduction in development-related carbon footprint all work towards the broader goals of sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Annual UN Asia-Pacific policy forum session spotlights poverty eradication, sustainable energy

Asian and Pacific countries are discussing economic cooperation and integration this week at the United Nations regional office in Bangkok, (UNESCAP) whose annual session focuses on how regional countries can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More on UN News Site.

UNESCAP Press Release which includes how to watch live and contacts for media.



UNIC Canberra and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade join together for Sustainable Development Education

On Friday 28 of April, the Director of the United Nations Information Centre, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, gave a presentation to students from Bomaderry High School at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The presentation focused on the history of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. The event was organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who also spoke about the SDGs and how the Australian government is contributing to their achievements.

International Day of Happiness 2017 – Small Smurfs Big Goals

Smurfs like eating big Smurfberry pies and singing happy songs, but it’s only fun when everyone in Smurf Village has enough to eat and has no worries. So when the Smurfs heard that the United Nations has a big plan to protect all people and the planet, they had to be a part of it. With their boundless energy and positive attitude, the Smurfs are a great choice to help the United Nations celebrate this year’s International Day of Happiness on 20 March by promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals aim to protect people and our planet so we can all live the happiest lives possible.

Learn more and take action by visiting Smurfs special website: http://www.smallsmurfsbiggoals.com/ and more about Sustainable Development


UN and Private Sector to Create New Partnership Platform to Generate Financing Solutions for the SDGs


New York, 10 October –United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the launch of a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 at a meeting with high-level officials from Ministries of finance and foreign affairs, together with leaders from major global financial institutions

The Secretary-General, in an address to the high-level finance gathering, said, “This global initiative can support the identification and piloting of innovative finance instruments that can drive investment and support well thought-out SDG interventions”.