Global Sustainable Development Report 2023

Global Sustainable Development Report 2023: Exploring regional priorities

Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) is 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 contributing to the Global Sustainable Development Report.

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We have a lot of roundtable workshop dates coming up to choose from!

These roundtables are an opportunity for you to share your insights on the Sustainable Development Goals in Australia. We believe your perspective, and that of the organisation you represent are valuable, and we greatly welcome your attendance at one of our roundtables being run virtually during October and November.

  • 11 October 1-3pm
  • 13 October 10am-12pm
  • 21 October 10am-12pm
  • 24 October 2-4pm
  • 26 October 10am-12pm
  • 2 November 2-4pm
  • 3 November 10am-12pm

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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's involvement

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:

  • Synthesise existing knowledge and evidence on progress towards the SDGs

  • Engage with stakeholders in Australia and across the Pacific to explore how the SDGs have been implemented in our region

  • Contribute to the writing of the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report

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