The Agenda 2030—ratified in 2015 at the United Nations (UN)—is an agenda designed to transform our world. It is based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals which, as former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained, are a “roadmap to ending global poverty, building a life of dignity for all and leaving no one behind. It is also a clarion call to work in partnership and intensify efforts to share prosperity, empower people’s livelihoods, ensure peace and heal our planet for the benefit of this and future generations.”
The Aotearoa New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals Summits were inspired by people wanting to collaborate across sectors to drive meaningful change for the SDGs.
Summits have been held at the University of Victoria (2018) and the University of Auckland (co-hosted by Auckland University of Technology, 2019). These have brought together people from civil society, government, the business community, and with strong manawhenua and Pasifika input they have helped shape a uniquely Aotearoa New Zealand response.
There is still plenty of work to do in achieving a sustainable and just world though! YOU are invited to take part in this journey!
The University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, along with Ara Institute and Christchurch City Council, are joining forces with a nation-wide Stakeholder Group to host the 2020-2021 Summit Series.
These Summits will continue to 2030, when the Sustainable Development Goals mature.