The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak body for Australian non-government organisations involved in international development and humanitarian action. ACFID’s vision is a world where all people are free from extreme poverty, injustice and inequality; where the earth’s finite resources are managed sustainably; and where Australia is a compassionate nation acting for a just and sustainable world. ACFID is the primary vehicle for collaboration and collective action by international development organisations in Australia. ACFID fosters good practice and captures this in sector standards and self-regulation through the ACFID Code of Conduct, and facilitates peer support, learning and networking amongst the sector, including between NGOs, academia and government. ACFID is the Australian lead agency for Beyond 2015, a global civil society campaign pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. More at acfid.asn.au.
The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) is the peak body of key organisations committed to an efficient, productive and sustainable built environment in Australia. Membership consists of industry and professional associations, non-government organisations and government observers who are involved in the planning, design, delivery and operation of our built environment. Collectively, ASBEC’s membership has direct reach to more 300,000 professionals in the built environment sector and represents an industry worth more than $600 billion in value. ASBEC provides a forum for diverse groups involved in the built environment to gather, find common ground and intelligently discuss contentious issues as well as advocate their own sustainability products, policies and initiatives. ASBEC is a non-profit volunteer organisation. More at asbec.asn.au.
Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) is situated within the research hub at the University of Canberra, the national capital of Australia. CURF operates as an interdisciplinary and collegiate platform that undertakes research and engagement at the local, national and international level involving disciplines such as urban and regional planning, climate science, the social sciences, law, economics, health and public policy. CURF’s activity is focused on four core themes: Climate Change and Sustainability; Health and Wellbeing; Settlements and Infrastructure; and Green Growth. CURF won the 2014 National Planning Institute of Australia award for Excellence in Research and Teaching for the work South East Coastal Adaptation (SECA): Coastal urban climate futures in SE Australia from Wollongong to Lakes Entrance. More at curf.com.au.
CPD is an independent, values-driven and future-focused public policy institute. Our approach to the future is one driven by purpose, rigour and ambition. It embraces the long-term now. CPD works toward an Australia that is equitable, aspirational and truly prosperous – and enlivened by the challenge of shaping a better future at home and abroad. CPD is an independent: intellectually, politically and financially. CPD is committed to integrity, transparency and practical policy solutions, wherever they come from. It combines domestic and international insights to build a progressive Australian policy agenda and brings constructive policy thinkers together into innovative alliances. CPD’s long-term focus means practical solutions are put forward that can outlast political cycles to allow them to thrive over decades. More at cpd.org.au.
ClimateWorks Australia seeks to drive business, investor and government engagement on climate change. It achieves this through nonpartisan research and trusted advisor status to policy makers and industry leaders tasked with Australia’s transition to a prosperous low carbon economy. Since its foundation in 2009, ClimateWorks has built a reputation as a credible and fact-based broker by working in partnership with the private, public and non-profit sectors. With links to the US-based ClimateWorks Foundation, ClimateWorks Australia benefits from an international network of affiliated organisations that support effective policies for greenhouse gas emissions. More at climateworksaustralia.org.
The Council for International Development (CID) is the national umbrella agency of international development organisations based in Aotearoa New Zealand. CID is non-party political and represents 50 members, from small community-based organisations to large international NGOs. CID member organisations are currently working in 70 developing countries. CID exists to support effective aid and development programmes with the vision of achieving a sustainable world free from poverty and injustice. CID supports members to become more effective as development and humanitarian actors. CID also engages with key actors and the public to promote members’ interests and acts as an informed, visible and influential voice for sustainable development. More at cid.org.nz.
Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute was established in January 2008, and is fast becoming a leader globally and locally in sustainability policy, receiving wide recognition for its excellence in sustainability research, teaching and policy advice. The CUSP Institute is pioneering practices and partnerships with a diversity of international organisations, government, industry and community to apply its expert skills and knowledge in identifying new, practical solutions for a sustainable future. The professional work and community engagement of CUSP academics is entrepreneurial, innovative, ethical and focused on the quality, impact and significance of achieving sustainable development. More at sustainability.curtin.edu.au.
Global Ideas is a non-government organisation based in Melbourne. We create and connect the next generation of global health leaders in order to achieve better health for all in the Asia Pacific. Our interdisciplinary community is committed to practical action for global health equity. We utilise human-centred design and facilitate collaboration across a diverse range of disciplines to foster innovation in global health thinking. More at globalideas.org.au.
Monash University is an energetic and dynamic university committed to quality education, outstanding research and international engagement. Monash University has a vast array of internal capability in promoting the aims of sustainable development with leading teaching and research strengths and expertise in health and wellbeing, smart healthy and productive cities, sustainability, advanced industries and materials, and resilient cultures and communities. Through the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash is bringing together its leading researchers and educators to address the complex and interconnected challenges posed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. More at monash.edu.
The Mulloon Institute is an Australian DGR registered not-for-profit environmental and agricultural research institute. Our mission is to actively demonstrate and share regenerative methods of land asset management, especially soil, water and vegetation resources to create sustainable, resilient landscapes, which can provide Australia with long-term water and food security, resilience to short term droughts and long-term climate change and allow for profitable and sustainable agriculture. We are a body of ecologists, scientists, farmers and economists, who are partnering with universities, governments, communities and landowners to actively restore resilience and health to our precious land and rural communities – for the benefit of all. More at themullooninstitute.org.
The Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE- SD) engages with local, regional and international partners in a wide range of capacities to research, develop and implement sustainable responses to climate change, as well as to provide regional capacity development and high level technical advice to support the region’s commitment to environmental sustainability. PaCE-SD has established itself as a Centre of Excellence for Environmental Education, Research and Community Engagement in the Pacific Island Region. The Centre is based at The University of the South Pacific (USP) which has been instrumental in providing quality tertiary education to the people of the Pacific island region for the past 50 years. More at pace.usp.ac.fj.
The Vanuatu-based Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PiPP) is the leading think tank working with Pacific island states. It exists to stimulate and support informed policy debate in and about the region, help broaden the knowledge base on sustainable development issues and improve citizen engagement. Across multiple platforms and initiatives, PiPP tackles the big issues from land and governance to security and climate change. Since its inception, PiPP has emphasised the importance of sustainable development as an overarching theme that touches many aspects of Pacific island life and governance, one that offers key ideas and methodologies to shape a more resilient future. It is at the heart of aid and development discourse and the principles involved in sustainable development are highlighted in PiPP’s Discussion Starters, citizen engagement programmes, and the pacificpolitics.com blog. PiPP is currently engaged to support regional governments and the g7+ secretariat in the UN negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. More at pacificpolicy.org.
As a global university of technology and design, RMIT brings unique capabilities to research through a transdisciplinary approach. Our academic expertise, strong links to research partners and consideration of technological and social dimensions enables us to find solutions to critical problems impacting communities and the environment. University academics are engaged in evidence-based teaching and research aimed at providing practical solutions to global problems. RMIT hosts specialized development researchers who concentrate inter alia on poverty, inequality, gender, discrimination, international aid, happiness, health, international trade and macroeconomics of developing countries. RMIT’s research is undertaken globally in our Melbourne, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Barcelona Campuses. More at rmit.edu.au.
The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) is one of the University’s interdisciplinary research institutes. It is located administratively within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. The MSSI mission is to progress sustainability as a societal goal in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region. It functions as a portal to sustainability-related research and a platform for research projects. It facilitates and enables research linkages, projects and conversations leading to increased understanding of trends, challenges and solutions. The MSSI approach emphasises the contribution of the social sciences and humanities to understanding and addressing sustainability and resilience challenges. MSSI’s research is currently organised into three clusters: ‘Future Cities/Urban Futures’, ‘Climate Transformations’, and ‘Sustainability in the Anthropocene’. More at http://www.unimelb.edu.au/.
The University of Queensland (UQ) has a broad commitment to research and teaching in sustainable development. In particular the Global Change Institute and the Sustainable Minerals Institute of the university have a direct program of research that links with the SDSN objectives. In addition, the ARC Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions at UQ has developed metrics for monitoring sustainability indicators and assisting in development planning. The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences and the Institute for Social Science Research’s Social Wellbeing, Health and Housing Research Program as well as the UQ Energy Initiative are also well-placed to contribute towards the SDSN mandate. The University also hosts the Rotary Centre for International Studies in Peace and Conflict. More at uq.edu.au
At UTS we are driven by a commitment to social justice and a desire to create meaningful change towards sustainable futures. Our research capabilities span in-depth disciplinary and cutting edge trans-disciplinary research in clean energy, urban futures, climate change adaptation, water, food and resource management as well as international development. Via our research centres, we are committed to collaboration with government, industry and community partners to identify solutions, shift perspectives and implement change at local, regional and international scale. The Institute for Sustainable Futures is a flagship research institute at UTS. ISF leads independent, project-based research in both Australia and the Asia-Pacific that addresses the global challenges of sustainable and equitable development. More at uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/sustainability.
The University of Western Australia has a strong commitment to a global sustainable future through its teaching and research activity. Hosting over 75 research and training centres and with strong industry partnerships, the University is well placed to contribute to the SDSN and the United Nations 2030 goals. UWA’s research strengths address global food security through the UWA Institute of Agriculture, in particular through the Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, while the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) conducts critical research in the field of climate change and marine ecosystems. The University also has a significant health research capacity with affiliated health research institutes including the Telethon Kids Institute and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and contributes to the development of public policy for social inclusion through the UWA Centre for Social Impact. In addition, the University is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). More at uwa.edu.au
As New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university, Victoria University of Wellington is committed to helping New Zealand and the world develop a sustainable and resilient future and to being a leader in sustainable practice itself. In 2014 Victoria became the first New Zealand university to pledge to divest its investments in fossil fuels and made ‘Enhancing the resilience and sustainability of natural heritage and capital’ one of eight areas of academic distinctiveness in its 20-year Strategic Plan. Together with partners in government, business and the wider community Victoria is active in high-quality inter- and trans-disciplinary research and teaching for sustainable development and the sustainable management of both the natural and built environment. Victoria is home to the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute and the Antarctic Research Centre. Victoria Business School is a signatory to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education. Victoria signed an MOU with Wellington urban eco-sanctuary Zealandia, with plans for a joint research centre focusing on urban ecology. More at victoria.ac.nz/about/governance/sustainability-office.