what are the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA) and are intended to be achieved by 2030.

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SDG1: No Poverty

Nearly half the global population still lives in poverty. SDG 1 aims to end poverty in all its forms everywhere through collaboration, stronger social protection measures and significant mobilisation of global resources. LEARN MORE


SDG2: Zero Hunger

Global resources are sufficient to support current population numbers; however, unequal access means that hunger is still the leading cause of death worldwide. SDG 2 aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. LEARN MORE


SDG3: Good Health and Well-being

Major steps have already been taken to improve the health of millions of people, increasing global life expectancies and fighting communicable diseases. SDG 3 aims to further ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages by reducing maternal and infant mortality, ending disease epidemics and achieving universal health coverage. LEARN MORE


SDG4: Quality Education

Education is the key to global prosperity. SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by ensuring access to equal and quality education for all boys and girls up until secondary school age, as well as increasing access to technical and vocational training for youth and adults. LEARN MORE


SDG5: Gender Equality

Gender bias is not just a human rights issue; it is a tremendous waste of potential as well. SDG 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life, so we can ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive. LEARN MORE


SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Lack of access to clean water and sanitation continues to impact billions of people worldwide. SDG 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all with universal access to safe, affordable drinking water – crucial to reducing unnecessary disease and death. LEARN MORE


SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all . Greater efforts must be made to implement new energy solutions that will help to tackle climate change and ensure sustainable energy for all. LEARN MORE


SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8 works to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. By encouraging decent job creation, reducing the number of unemployed youth, increasing training or education and protecting labor rights for all, we can ensure that economic growth benefits society as a whole. LEARN MORE


SDG9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Communities can only grow and innovate with a strong foundation of resilient infrastructure. SDG 9 aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. LEARN MORE


SDG10: Reduced Inequalities

Although global wealth continues to grow, this doesn’t mean it is being equally distributed. SDG 10 aims to reduce inequalities within and among countries. Greater efforts are needed to achieve and sustain income growth for the bottom 40% of the population, and to promote social, economic and political inclusion for everyone regardless of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic status. LEARN MORE


SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

As populations continue to increase, and more people move into urban settings, SDG 11 aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. This means amplifying efforts to provide safe, affordable housing and sustainable transport systems while still protecting the world’s cultural and natural heritage. LEARN MORE


SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production

We are currently consuming the world’s natural resources at a rate faster than they can be replenished. SDG 12 aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns by reducing food waste and improving the management and use of resources to safeguard the environment for generations to come. LEARN MORE


SDG13: Climate Action

We are facing a climate emergency that threatens the world as we know it. SDG 13 ensures we take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through increased education and innovation and adhering to climate commitments. LEARN MORE


SDG14: Life Below Water

Oceans cover 70% of our planet and are crucial to our survival. SDG 14 aims to by eliminating marine pollution and overfishing to safeguard the marine environment and the communities relying on it. LEARN MORE


SDG15: Life on Land

Healthy terrestrial ecosystems are essential to our lives. SDG 15 aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and prevent biodiversity loss. LEARN MORE


SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Violence must end and corruption, bribery and other illegal activities must be addressed in order to build stronger societies that will work together for people and the planet. LEARN MORE


SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals

SDG 17 aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Businesses must work alongside governments, academics, the civil society and industry peers to develop solutions and mobilize resources and technology to deliver on the Goals. LEARN MORE


Why We Need SDGs

We live in an increasingly complex world. While recent decades have seen us achieve unprecedented economic growth and make real progress on a number of key development issues, these successes have masked major fault lines in our current development model. These faults are giving rise to a swelling list of environmental and social burdens; burdens that pose increasing threats to our way of life and are turning the world into a much less viable place in which to conduct business. LEARN MORE

helpful links.

Below is a list of some links to resources you may find helpful.

The 17 Goals
Sustainable Development

United Nations Association of Australia – WA

SDG Compass – Inventory of Business Tools

WBCSD – SDG Essentials for Business

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards

Engineers Australia Sustainability

Sustainable Engineering Society of Australia

B Corporations of Australia and New Zealand

Australian Engineers Declare Climate Emergency

Climate Action for Associations (Australia)

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