Senate inquiry into UN sustainable development goals

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee has launched an inquiry into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and is calling for submissions by March 29, 2018.

Under its terms of reference, the Committee will consider:

  • the understanding and awareness of the SDG across the Australian Government and in the wider Australian community;

  • the potential costs, benefits and opportunities for Australia in the domestic implementation of the SDG;

  • what governance structures and accountability measures are required at the national, state and local levels of government to ensure an integrated approach to implementing the SDG that is both meaningful and achieves real outcomes;

  • how can performance against the SDG be monitored and communicated in a way that engages government, businesses and the public, and allows effective review of Australia’s performance by civil society;

  • what SDG are currently being addressed by Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program;

  • which of the SDG is Australia best suited to achieving through our ODA program, and should Australia’s ODA be consolidated to focus on achieving core SDG;

  • how countries in the Indo-Pacific are responding to implementing the SDG, and which of the SDG have been prioritised by countries receiving Australia’s ODA, and how these priorities could be incorporated into Australia’s ODA program; and

  • examples of best practice in how other countries are implementing the SDG from which Australia could learn.

The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals were adopted under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on September 25, 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet (including urgent action on climate change) and ensure prosperity for all.

The UN resolution is available here

More information about the Senate inquiry is here.

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