Councils urged to showcase sustainability programs to UN


Councils are being urged by the Australian Government to showcase their sustainable development programs and initiatives for presentation at the United Nations.

In 2015, Australia committed to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an initiative to apply social, economic, and environmental goals to both developed and developing countries. The federal government also agreed to present periodic progress reports – a Voluntary National Review (VNR) – to the UN.

Australia is due to present its VNR in New York in July next year, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – with help from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Department – wants 20-25 case studies of Local Government initiatives and programs demonstrating or identifying the goals of the 2030 agenda.

According to the Department, the VNR represents a good opportunity for Local Government to promote programs and policies that reflect the highest ideals and principles of sustainable development.

Interested councils need to provide a brief summary (no more than 400 words) of their program or programs, including the Sustainable Development Goal addressed; Local Government name; state or territory; program name, information, and groups affected; stakeholders; sensitivities, and contact information.

Councils wanting further information and a copy of the template for case studies can contact portfoliocoordination@infrastructure.gov.au