Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit Series

1 Day Virtual Summit:

Collaboration for Systemic Change

 

The 2021 Aotearoa New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals Summit was pivoted and held online on 2 September 2021.

 

Participants of the Virtual Summit chose their pathway for action and were immersed in a one-day virtual experience with interactive workshops, project showcases, sector based kōrero and moments to explore accelerating an SDG Alliance and the official signing of a SDG Declaration for Aotearoa. 

Guided by Agenda 2030 and the central, transformative promise to #LeaveNoOneBehind, we celebrated the online pivot as an opportunity to create more inclusive opportunities to collaborate for systemic change. Shifting the event online meant we could make the entire experience accessible through sharing session recordings.

Check out the fully recorded programme below!

MAIN STAGE HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 Collaborating for a Better Future - Forming an SDG Alliance for Aotearoa through Collective of Pou Approach

Delve deeper into the proposed SDG Alliance for Aotearoa and how it might operate in practice. Informed by kōrero, papamahi (workshops), rangahau (research) and creative activity that brings together people and organisations who are committed to meeting the goals and aspiration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We need a collective voice now. 

  

Like the Pou within the wharenui of our marae, we recognise and acknowledge the networks of people and organisations to act as Pou to support the SDGs.

 

With rangatiratanga and their own pūmanawa each Pou will operate and determine how they draw on kotahitanga to collectively move in the same direction. This session will explore the realities of this concept and how Pou might operate in the context of your organisation, sector, region, and personal commitment.

Mihi Whakatau

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Opening Ceremony with Hon. Minister Nanaia Mahuta 

SDG Declaration

Office of the Auditor General's Report on the SDGs

11:00 AM: Office of Auditor General's Report on the SDGs (Jason Hewett, Performance Audits Manager)

 

11:15 AM: Collaborating for a Better Future - Forming an SDG Alliance for Aotearoa through Collective of Pou Approach

Delve deeper into the proposed SDG Alliance for Aotearoa and how it might operate in practice. Informed by kōrero, papamahi (workshops), rangahau (research) and creative activity that brings together people and organisations who are committed to meeting the goals and aspiration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We need a collective voice now. 

  

Like the Pou within the wharenui of our marae, we recognise and acknowledge the networks of people and organisations to act as Pou to support the SDGs.

 

With rangatiratanga and their own pūmanawa each Pou will operate and determine how they draw on kotahitanga to collectively move in the same direction. This session will explore the realities of this concept and how Pou might operate in the context of your organisation, sector, region, and personal commitment.

12:15 PM: SDG Project Showcase

A chance for participants to present their SDG Aligned project using 10 slides in 10minutes

1:00 PM:  Interactive Workshops (concurrent)

PROJECT SHOWCASES

Masters of the Sustainable Development Goals with Massey University

Virtual Reality Experiential Education for Sustainability with Victoria University of Wellington 

Uncomplicating the Integration of the SDGs into Management Education Programmes with Lincoln University

University of Canterbury's School of Teacher Education SDGs Research & Writing Group

Ten New Myths for Humanity

Creating a Circular Economy at Auckland University of Technology

Art Activism as Change Agent for Sustainability

Sparking Rangatahi's Curiosity to Solve Climate Challenges with Kia Kotahi Ako

Cantabrians Developing Climate Resiliency with BRaid (Braided River Aid)

Future Living Skills with Sustainable Living Education Trust

The Realities of Life of a Pacific Atoll People with University of Canterbury

Sustainable Economic Growth for a More Prosperous Ōtautahi with ChristchurchNZ

Impact Collective-  Rangitīkei, Ruapehu, South Taranaki & Whanganui

Why Storytelling Matters with Seeds Podcast

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

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Understanding the Treaty as a
Framework for the Future for
All of Us

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The session starts where people are and is non-confrontational. It is not only introductory, it is designed to refresh your understanding and to clarify what the Treaty means today including connections with the United Nations.

Consideration of ancestry, cultural difference and cultural safety, as well as pre-Treaty and post-Treaty history, issues of colonisation and current social statistics will highlight values-based and place-based new ways of thinking, living and working in 2020. Sharing stories of becoming tangata Tiriti - people who are committed to a Treaty-based future - will expose a shift from decision-making that relies on majoritarianism alone to right relationship with each other and nature, and with tangata whenua.

The Role of Tertiary Institutions
in Delivery of SDGs

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Tertiary institutions play a crucial role in the delivery of SDGs. In this session, the facilitators will explore two areas:

(a) Teaching and learning approaches that focus on delivery of SDGs and

(b) Institutional responses/approaches which focus on strategy around delivery of SDGs.
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The Gerontological Imagination: Unifying through our
Age Differences

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Inclusive Organisations:
Crafted by Youth

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What if all courses and credentials had SDG16 as a compulsory component?

What if businesses were designed to liberate our humanity and creativity instead of manage our magic for the benefit of capital or country? What if education and business were in service to the flourishing of people, places and the planet? What if our youth ran the corporate world?

This session will provoke conversation about providing environments for youth where safety, inclusion, anti-racism, and celebration of diversity are not only an expectation but a requirement. Participants will be actively involved in using futures tools.
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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the
Circular Economy

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UC Centre for Entrepreneurship supports student-led innovation. Within this session, they will facilitate a discussion on the importance of entrepreneurship within our communities for economic development, and showcase opportunities for the circular economy.

How might we reimagine and co-create the future of work? This session will explore SDG 8 and possibilities for sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for the entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs among us.

Stats NZ’s Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa
Wellbeing Indicator Framework

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Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa – Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand presents the big picture of our lives as New Zealanders. More than 100 indicators have been chosen to measure a range of topics. These indicators aim to help all of us monitor progress around our social, cultural, economic, and environmental wellbeing. The indicators support the government's wellbeing vision to provide a more holistic view of wellbeing and sustainable development than a purely economic measure does. 

The indicators in Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa Have been mapped to the 17 SDG goals and measures for each goal are provided. We see four paths ahead for the people at this Summit to engage:

  1. You can use the data on the website

  2. You can replicate the data on the website

  3. We can do it together

  4. You can help us improve it.

 

The aim of this session will be to explore how the Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa indicators were developed, how they relate to the SDGs, and discuss how they could be used to monitor New Zealand’s progress towards meeting our SDG goals. We also want the indicators to be beneficial to people and are interested in how we can facilitate this.

Rain Forest & Rights Protection:
West Papua as a Pacific Case Study

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Rainforests are our strongest defence against climate change and endangered species including rare marsupials and birds not found anywhere else on the planet. Right now these forests are being destroyed by palm oil plantations and these species are being pushed to the brink of extinction. The way of life and livelihoods of indigenous Papuan communities are being destroyed due to the impact of land stolen illegally and with excessive force by the Indonesian military. Papua’s forests are among the most biodiverse on Earth, home to at least 20,000 plant species, 602 birds, 125 mammals and 223 reptiles. Indonesia’s commodities boom of recent decades — from palm oil to coal to pulpwood —razed much of the forests on the western islands of Sumatra and Borneo. As the rainforest habitats are destroyed in Indonesia, Indonesian, Korean and Chinese oil palm and timber processing companies are switching focus towards Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Africa and South America to keep up with demand for palm oil.

 

In this session, Grant Rosoman will talk about his own long journey as a campaigner fighting for the last 20 years to protect these precious rainforests and how we can make progress towards achieving our SDG goals to protect these forests and give our planet a better future.

How Critical is Collaboration in System Change and the Conditions Necessary for Success?

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Collaboration, does it really work? If so, how? The core element of any successful systemic change process is collaboration and wider engagement.

The core cultural and sustainability framework is best reflected in the Māori perspective “The wellbeing of the land and the wellbeing of people cannot be separated”. Business is under pressure to transform, requiring a critical evaluation of complementary instruments and approaches. Attendees at this session will hear from five Christchurch business sustainability leaders, charged with delivering sustainability programs in complex environments across interconnected Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

What works, what doesn’t, and the conditions you need to have in place for success.  Take advantage of lively lightning talks and nimble group workshops with active participation. Whether you are just starting your sustainability journey, challenged within a current project, or wanting to supercharge or catalyse your current sustainability program for systemic change, all are welcome.  Prepare to leave empowered; not only by their shared stories but with viable ideas and a future-forward action plan.  Motivated? – Go forth and collaborate for system change. 

Education 2030: An Intergenerational Conversation on Revisioning Education in Aotearoa New Zealand

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There are ever-increasing calls for transformative change in the way humans live with each other and our planet. Education plays a key role in shaping the societies we live in. Up to this point education has brought about many positive improvements, but has also perpetuated inequalities and injustice, whilst ‘equipping people to be more effective vandals of the earth’.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) paint a picture of what a healthy, just, equitable, regenerative, and sustainable future could look like. A key aspect of achieving the ‘supremely ambitious’ vision of the SDG’s is education. That ambition will not be satisfied by more of the same. Rather we need diverse intergenerational voices to come together to revision how education can better contribute a sustainable future.

If you are a learner, student, teacher, educator who has ideas about how we can ‘do education’ differently, then this session is for you! You will spend time in small diverse intergenerational groups, engaging in ‘action conversations’ to boldly and innovatively revision what education needs to look like in 2030 if we were to really take the SDG’s and Te Tiriti o Waitangi seriously. A key outcome from the workshop will be ‘EDAct 2021’: What actions do we need to take now, and in the coming years, to get to this vision.

Design for Conservation Toolkit

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Utilising Systems Thinking to Address Waste Minimisation and Support SDG Localisation in Canterbury

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This session provides participants with hands-on systems thinking tools to explore the issue of concern (waste minimisation) and the associated SDGs (11, 12, 13) focusing on Canterbury region. 

Participants will have an opportunity to articulate the multiple goals that the system is trying to achieve, identify elements in the waste minimisation system, make connections between these elements, demonstrate the effect of feedback loops on system dynamics, brainstorm possible actions for influencing the system(s) and connect people with similar ideas, to stimulate forming collaborative groups.

Innovating for Change:
Entrepreneurship, Asia and the SDGs

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Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono presents an interactive session on how and why entrepreneurs in New Zealand and Southeast Asia are using the SDGs in their businesses.

Adam McConnochie is the director of entrepreneurship and leadership at the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono. With a mission to drive Kiwi success in Asia and a decade of working in the region, Adam’s background is leadership development, entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia and politics in South Asia. Adam is also a board member at charity, Just Peoples and a director at sustainable toothpaste company, SOLID Oral Care.

Southeast Asia Guest Speakers:

Marinella Lomotan (Philippines) - Founder | Eco Explorations

Somsak (Pai) Boonkam (Thailand) - Founder and CEO | LocalAlike

Pattraporn (Dao) Yamla-or (Thailand) - Co-founder and Managing Director | Sal Forest

Indi Soemardjan (Singapore Based) - Director and Co-founder | PT Javanero

Foreseeable Future:
Seamless Integration of Data to enhance
Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction

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Climate change and disaster risks pose a serious threat to communities physical, social, economic, and environmental conditions. The potential increase in occurrence and intensity of extreme weather events as a result of climate change, coupled with increasing population in vulnerable areas reinforces the need for improved prediction and forecasting for the foreseeable future are increasing. This allows for enhanced risk reduction measures to be implemented, as well as providing readiness for emergency responses. Understanding a foreseeable future would enable more informed decision making, allowing users the opportunity to put appropriate prevention in place.

Though the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR 2015-2030), Habitat III, Paris Agreement, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG 2030) share resilience building as their common goal, the activities and processes of these policies and frameworks are distinct, not very well-coordinated, and are often duplicated at the country level. A systemic (holistic) approach at the national level to integrate climate change, disaster risk, and sustainable development are necessary using an integrated database.

Te Tiriti-based Climate Assemblies
for Aotearoa New Zealand

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An experience of real-time Deliberative Democracy and why the people of Aotearoa need this now to address the climate crisis together. Participants will deliberate on what embodying Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership in a Climate Assembly will mean. Space will be given to share knowledge and perspectives, to listen to each other and to consider likely outcomes before shaping an Action Plan from our shared learnings.

Facilitators:

Cally O'Neill

Core Member | Te Reo o ngā Tāngata — The People Speak

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