2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development

2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)

BACKGROUND

In September 2015, the United Nations and 193 Member States, including Australia, endorsed the Transforming our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the aim of eradicating poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring equality and prosperity for all.

WHAT IS THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?

The 2030 Agenda consists of a comprehensive, progressive and innovative agenda that responds to the many challenges faced by the world today and into the future. It aims to integrate the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development, plus the appropriate governance systems to ensure implementation.
The SDGs identify broad goals across many areas covering all facets of sustainable development around the world.
In summary there are:
• 17 Goals, covering goals such as eliminating poverty, hunger and inequality
• 169 Targets, which break down the SDGs into broad outcomes for each goal
• 242 Indicators, which outline how and what is to be measured for each target

Visit the UN's Sustainable Development website for more information.

AUSTRALIA AND THE 2030 AGENDA

The 2030 Agenda is both a domestic and international agenda. It is well aligned with Australia's interests - especially in promoting regional stability, security and economic prosperity.
Australian Government coordination on implementation of the 2030 Agenda is led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). The 17 SDGs all have a Lead Government Agency responsible for responding to the SDG, with a number of other Government Agencies supporting the lead agency.

AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ABS) INVOLVEMENT IN THE 2030 AGENDA

As a National Statistics Office, ABS is engaged with the United Nations Statistical Commission which provides oversight of the official SDG Indicator framework. The ABS has been contributing to the 2030 Agenda since 2015 having provided input to the draft list of SDG Indicators, which led to the initial set of indicators released in 2016.
The ABS is an active participant in the whole of government approach to the 2030 Agenda. In preparing for Australia’s first Voluntary National Review (VNR), ABS has led the collation of relevant SDG statistics, both ABS and other Commonwealth Government Agency sources, which may be used to respond to the SDG Indicators, and contribute to the VNR.

As well as supporting the Whole-of-Government data mapping for the SDGs, ABS is a Support Agency for:
SDG 1 – No Poverty,
SDG 8 – Decent work and Economic Growth, and
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.

For more information please contact: abs.sdg@abs.gov.au

Diagram: Sustainable Development Goals

Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

1. No Poverty2. Zero Hunger3. Good Health and Well-being4. Quality Education5. Gender Equality

6. Clean water and Sanitation7. Affordable and Clean Energy8. Decent Work and Economic Growth9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure10. Reduced Inequality

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities12. Responsible Consumption and Production13. Climate Action14. Life Below Water15. Life on Land

16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal



AUSTRALIA's FIRST VOLUNTARY NATIONAL REVIEW

Australia will deliver its first VNR on the 2030 Agenda at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2018. The VNR provides an opportunity to highlight Australia's achievements, priorities and challenges – both domestically and internationally – in advancing the 2030 Agenda. Australia’s VNR will contain input from a whole-of-government perspective, and also include information from Business, Non-Government Organisations and Academia, to give a broader and more complete picture of Australia’s work towards the 2030 Agenda.