Monash Sustainability Institute Director addresses Parliamentary Breakfast

Marc Purcell - Executive Director, ACFID; Senator Anne Urquhart; Chris Woodthorpe - Director, United Nations Information Centre; Melissa Parke MP; Richard Marles MP; Professor Rebekah Brown - Director, Monash Sustainability Institute; Dr Julia Newton-Howe

Marc Purcell, ACFID Exec Director; Senator Anne Urquhart; Chris Woodthorp, Director, UN Information Centre Director; Melissa Parke MP; Richard Marles MP; Prof Rebekah Brown, MSI Director; Dr Julia Newton-Howes, CARE Australia CEO; Sharon Claydon MP

On Tuesday 15 September Professor Rebekah Brown, Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute, joined Members of Parliament and their staff, representatives from the diplomatic community, staff and volunteers from ACFID member agencies, and academics from across the Asia/Pacific region at a parliamentary breakfast to discuss the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework for global action to address inequality and injustice, take action on climate change, and end extreme poverty. The Goals apply equally to all countries, including Australia.

Hosted by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the parliamentary breakfast sought to brief Members of Parliament on how Australia can strive to meet its commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals, after signing on to them in New York later this month at the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

Speakers at the breakfast included former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Steven Ciobo and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek.

Professor Brown participated in a panel discussion alongside Dr Julia Newton-Howes, CEO of CARE Australia and Chris Woodthorpe, Director of the United Nations Information Centre, to build MPs understanding of, and support for, the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly what they mean for Australia’s domestic and international development policy.

The United Nations has undergone a process of global consultation to develop the Sustainable Development Goals, with opportunities for input by governments and organisations from countries around the world as well as leading networks such as the Australia Pacific regional network of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, hosted by Monash.

“Achieving this is incredibly complex and demands an interdisciplinary and cross sectoral approach. Engagement between governments, industry and the community at large will be necessary to find solutions that address sustainable development challenges on both a domestic and international scale,” Professor Brown said.

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is a global network of universities and other knowledge institutions, launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations, to mobilise scientific and technical expertise in support of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Monash University is the Regional Centre for SDSN Australia Pacific.

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Monash Sustainability Institute's Sustainable Development Program aims to support Australian and regional leadership in the development and implementation of the SDGs.

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Monash Sustainability Institute's Sustainable Development Program aims to support Australian and regional leadership in the development and implementation of the SDGs.

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