University sector consultation towards Australia’s Voluntary National Review on the SDGs

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, Monash University Conference Centre, Melbourne

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The Australian Government will be presenting its first National Voluntary Review (VNR) on national progress towards the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs to the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2018.

The VNR will report, among other things, on how all sectors in Australia are contributing to the implementation of the SDGs, both domestically and internationally. The Government is currently holding consultations to collect case studies on such actions and initiatives.

The Australian university sector plays a critical role in SDG implementation. Through research, education, organisational practices, and community leadership it already contributes in many different ways to all the SDGs. The VNR is an important opportunity to showcase the sector’s overall contribution and impact, which is much greater and broader than what can be captured by individual case studies.

This consultation workshop brought together key stakeholders to capture and summarise the contribution of the Australian university sector towards the implementation of the SDGs, to supplement and support the Government’s formal VNR consultations.

Participants included:

  • Universities, across research, teaching & learning, and university governance
  • University-related networks, including SDSN, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, and Future Earth Australia
  • University-related organisations, including the learned academies
  • Relevant government agencies, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education and Training, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Download the Outcomes Statement