Global Sustainable Development Report 2023
About this project
In the context of Australia's unique circumstances, opportunities and challenges, and those of our region, we must play an active role in global processes on sustainable development. With the development of the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report already underway, now is the time to draw attention to the issues faced by our region and to identify and advocate for regional specific solutions. Through this project, we will be engaging with stakeholders in Australia and the Pacific to capture and raise the voices of our region in progressing global Sustainable Development discussions.
MSDI is setting up a range of engagement processes, including regional participatory workshops, through which governments, businesses, industries, universities and civil society in Australia and our Pacific neighbours will be able to raise issues and identify solutions. These engagements have been designed to align with and, where possible, link to planned GSDR 2023 activities.
Our engagements are not seeking to track and measure progress towards the SDGs, nor are we seeking to replicate other Pacific-based SDG reports. Rather the primary aim of these engagements is to capture the specific challenges and opportunities of implementing the sustainable development framework in Australia and our Pacific neighbours.
Engagements will be guided by participatory principles to capture the breadth of stakeholder opinions and ensure that participant voices shape the outputs and outcomes of the engagements.
MSDI is involved in the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report in two important ways.
MSDI academic Shirin Malekpour was the only Australian among 15 world-leading scientists appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to be part of the 2023 Group of Independent Scientists. With the help of MSDI Research Fellow Cameron Allen, Shirin will be helping to synthesise the evidence and write the 2023 report.
Using Dr Malekpour's appointment to the Group of Independent Scientists as an entry point, along with MSDI's expertise, experiences and networks in the region, we are engaging with stakeholders across Australia and the Pacific to capture the challenges and opportunities presented by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, with a specific focus on the applicability and utility of the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR).
Julie Boulton, a sustainability strategist with MSDI and Dominique Coy a senior program co-ordinator with MSDI, will be running regional participatory workshops and surveys with key sustainability stakeholders in Australia and the Pacific to explore the national conversations about the use of the SDG framework.
These engagements will build on the 2019 GSDR and be informed by existing SDG reports in the Pacific and Australia to ensure cohesiveness and novelty. These engagements have been designed to align to and, where possible, link to planned GSDR 2023 activities.
Through this project we aim to:
Workshop reflections View
Finding the right balance for SDG action
September, Blog Post #9
"Our development solutions need to be realistic. They need to be sustainable. They need to have impact."
Is localisation the key to achieving the SDGs?
August, Blog Post #8
"There is a need to reflect local policies into the international agenda."
Monitoring progress on the SDGs
August, Blog Post #7
"Data is integral to the story-telling process."
Unpacking vulnerability and resilience in an environment of uncertainty
June 16, Blog Post #6
"Are Pacific countries vulnerable or resilient? It seems that they are both.”
June 6, Blog Post #5
"Supporting urbanisation in a culturally appropriate way”
Scales of partnership
May 4, Blog Post #4
"'Partnerships' entails a range of quite diverse matters.”
It is a journey. Not a sprint!
May 3, Blog Post #3
"[Implementing the SDGs] is a journey not a sprint.”
Capturing the energy of the people of the Pacific
April 29, Blog Post #2
"Your focus needs to be on capturing the energy of the people of the Pacific.”
UNESCAP side event
March 25, Blog Post #1