Kerry McGovern will be attending the Australian SDG Summit in Melbourne on 13 March.
Australia has made a slow start to implementing the Global Goals it signed up to in 2015. In July this year, the Australian Government will deliver its initial report to the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations:
The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year:
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
K McGovern & Associates’ Kerry McGovern contributed to the drafting of the New Urban Agenda on behalf of EAROPH. This underpins Goal 11: Sustainable Cities.
The biggest challenge facing Australia (and we are facing many intriguing challenges) is to drastically reduce our consumption of physical goods while strengthening our economy so we can achieve Goal 12.
But all goals are to be achieved in an integrated manner. We can’t ensure affordable energy while destroying the water that sustains fish stocks and tourist income while destroying forest cover. Getting the balance right across all levels of government, the private sector, civil society and the household sector is our aim. Want to help?