17 Goals to Transform Our World

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are universal guidelines that provide a blueprint for climate change action, and global peace and prosperity – now and into the future.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which sets out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals. This is an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.

World leaders at the SDG Summit in September 2019 called for a ‘Decade of Action’ to achieve the Goals by the target date of 2030, leaving no one behind.

To achieve the SDGs all sectors of society need to mobilise for action on three levels:

  • Global action to secure greater leadership, more resources and smarter solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Local action embedding the transitions needed in policies, budgets, institutions and regulatory frameworks of governments, cities and local authorities to achieve the Goals;
  • and people action, including young people, civil society, the media, the private sector, unions, academia and other stakeholders to generate an unstoppable movement demanding the necessary transformations for global change.

Griffith University

Sustainability is a core value of Griffith University and a key initiative of the 2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan – Creating a Future for All.

Griffith University is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and has signed up to Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia/Pacific — the Universities Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By 2025, our commitment to and continuous improvement in sustainability will be achieved by:

  • embedding the SDGs in University teaching, research and operations
  • being ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for the implementation of the SDGs
  • halving carbon emissions by 2030; with the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

The EcoCentre

For almost 20 years, the EcoCentre has developed a large circle of influence, using its growing networks to educate the South East Queensland (SEQ) community on sustainability. In 2017 the EcoCentre committed to a long-term plan to communicate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), understanding the importance of this global framework. The question was proposed, ‘How do we make a real difference?’. In a short period of time, it became clear the success of the SDG’s hinges on effective collaboration between all stakeholders and sharing knowledge, resources, skills, and collaboration between organisations will need to be mobilised at the local level to successfully implement all 17 SDGs. The EcoCentre's experience working with all sectors of the community in the sustainability space indicated it would not be easy to implement the SDGs at the local level. We also realised that education about SDGs needs to be followed up with practical action in partnership with the wider community.

Education plays a critical role in delivering the global Sustainable Development Goals by providing the knowledge, innovations, and solutions to address the complex and interconnected societal and environmental challenges that we face today, but we need a way to connect and empower people. With our long and strong connection to the SEQ community, the EcoCentre will drive the SDGs at a local level, using innovative ways to engage the community. It will be our priority to learn and pass on sustainability knowledge. In 2018 we started holding workshops and forums, researching what was happening overseas and connecting with the early adopters. Over time, it became apparent that being aware of the SDGs doesn’t mean people understand them or know how to refer to the unpinning targets. How do we drive the uptake of the SDGs in SEQ? All this led to another realisation - that we may need to develop another approach to help cross-sectorial organisations and the community understand how the SDGs operate globally so they can identify how they can be addressed locally.

In January 2020 Delwyn Langdon, EcoCentre manager, travelled to Japan becoming one of 3 certified 2030 SDGs Game facilitators in Australia, hosting games with business & industry, all level of government, universities, schools, NGOs and community. The game is a tremendous resource and catalyst for anyone who wants to inspire, motivate, and empower their community or organisation to embrace the Sustainable Development Goals.

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