Our first SDGs in Action seminar on 19 February 2020 in Melbourne looked at how the Local SDGs Program from Deakin and Monash Universities is using the SDGs framework as a tool for building community resilience.
The Local SDGs Program is developing an approach to increase the resilience of Australia’s regional and rural communities and enable people and nature to prosper and thrive. The Program was launched in 2019 by Deakin University in collaboration with Monash University, The Ian Potter Foundation, local communities and 23 agencies in two case study regions of Forrest/Otways and Goulburn-Murray in Victoria.
Using the SDGs framework, as well as a mix of participatory and quantitative modelling methods, the Program is working with the case study communities to assess options for simultaneously improving multiple socio-economic and environmental outcomes in their regions, and to chart robust pathways to implement the best options. The project ultimately hopes to build on these case studies to develop an approach that could be taken up by rural and regional communities across Australia.
The seminar explored this innovative Program, in particular:
We had a stellar line up of speakers and panellists who shared their experiences and insights
with us, including:
This seminar is launching the SDGs in Action Seminar Series , hosted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia, New Zealand and Pacific in partnership with SDSN members and other organisations. The series aims to showcase and learn from innovative cross-sector examples in our region of how the SDGs framework can be a driver of better, more ambitious and more forward looking decision-making.