The Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) has launched the Australian Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) website – a live and dynamic platform to centralise and showcase action being taken across government, business, civil society and academia to advance the SDGs in the Australian context.
Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), this was a key initiative identified out of the inaugural National SDG Summit in 2016 to meet the need to centralise and communicate Australian SDGs action to the public.
With just over 4000 days to go, to meet the 2030 target of the Goals, the website will be one of the critical elements needed to help Australian organisations seek cross-sector collaboration and scale up solutions to advance the SDGs.
Cate Harris, Acting Executive Director GCNA
The website is already clearly illustrating how the Australian community is working towards the goals. It showcases activities at all levels of government – local, state and national – and within NGOs and the private sector.
The website was officially launched at Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival as part of Banksia Ignite on 15th June, a forum celebrating leadership in Australia in sustainable development. Intended to act as a long-term barometer for Australian action on the global goals, the site will continue to accept case studies on an ongoing basis, and will be a living snapshot of all the positive work Australian organisations are doing to help reach the Goals.
The official launch of the SDGs website coincided with the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s launch of Australia’s Voluntary National Review of progress against the SDGs.
Australian organisations and businesses who are part of the RDI Network are encouraged to submit their case studies to this new platform, helping to build a robust picture of action being undertaken towards a more sustainable future. Submissions can be made here: https://sdgs.org.au/.
This article was adapted from an original post on the Global Compact Network Australia website.