UN - SDG's
On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals. Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.
Australia currently ranks 37th in the world – slipping from 26th in 2017 and well behind Canada and many European countries – according to the SDG index that compares different nations’ performance on the SDGs. The index marks each country’s performance towards the 17 goals and aims to put the world on a more sustainable economic, social and environmental path, with 169 targets to be met over the next 15 years in areas such as health, economic growth and climate action
Connection to the healthy cities movement
From 21-24 November 2016 over 100 mayors from around the world gathered for the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai, China. During this conference, it was recognised that Health and Wellbeing are at the core of the United Nations Development Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals.
The conference was based around four primary themes, which importantly linked the concept of Healthy Cities to the achievement of the SDG’s.
“We also recognize that there is a powerful link between SDG 3 (Good Health for All) and SDG 11 (Make Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable): unlocking the full potential of our cities to promote health and well-being and reduce health inequities will help to deliver both these goals”.
(Shanghai Consensus 2016)
Healthy Cities Illawarra is uniquely positioned to support these initiatives within our region, and as a pilot at a broader level, due to our connections from a local to international level with the WHO.
Useful links to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other resources: