Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Articles

Educating management to achieve SDGs Agenda 2030

9 August 2019

David Dunsheath

New Zealand’s six signatories to the United Nations’ global ‘Principles for Responsible Management Education’ (PRME), are transforming business and management education, research, and thought-leadership. PRME’s prime focus is to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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Zero Carbon Amendment Bill

8 August 2019

When the draft Zero Carbon Bill was put to the House in 2018, 15,009 people and organisations made a submission, and that included 12,444 long submissions.

The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill is the outcome of that consultation as well as from economic modelling and cross party negotiations.

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Sustainable Development Goals progress

5 July 2019

Julie Haggie
Chief Executive Officer
Transparency International New Zealand

Two reports and a new website focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have recently been launched.

Voluntary National Review

The first is the Government’s first Voluntary National Review report (VNR) on its achievement against implementation of the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’

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Submission to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: He Waka Eke Noa. Towards a Better Future, Together New Zealand’s Progress Towards the SDGs 2019

27 May 2019


The overall content of this draft VNR provides a reasonable account of the New Zealand context and offers a broad overview of what our country aims to achieve.

It is disappointing that this draft VNR offers no linkages to the Targets that underly each SDG, let alone any Indicators underlying the Targets.

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The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals: progress report due July

14 March 2019

David Dunsheath

As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven. “

New Zealand’s progress report

New Zealand is committed to present a Sustainable Development Goals’ Voluntary National Review (VNR) for international assessment during the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)  in New York.

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Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16): Governance in a rapidly changing framework

26 February 2019

by Darius Balfoort

Guest Contributor

The Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),

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Sustainable Development Goals gaining momentum

31 May 2018

David Dunsheath

TINZ Member with delegated authority for SDGs

Transparency Times Newsletter Co-editor

In a video link to the recent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit (1), Helen Clark (2) said “Sustainable development is not something somebody else somewhere has to do. We have to do it. We in New Zealand have to make a contribution to having sustainable human development”.

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Environmental management requires transparency and accountability

3 May 2018

by Murray Petrie

Senior Research Associate

Institute of Governance and Policy Studies

Victoria University of Wellington

There is widespread evidence of the deteriorating quality of NZ’s natural environment. Many factors contribute to this, but one that has received surprisingly little attention is the lack of government transparency and accountability for environmental management.

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Minister James Shaw presenting 'Green, Greener, Greenest' on 21 March 2018 (Photo by Eva Caprinay)

Green, Greener, Greenest – for a better world

29 March 2018

Josephine Serrallach

Recap by Josephine Serrallach

TINZ Director

Responsible for Sustainable Development Goals

“Net Zero emissions by the year 2050” is the target, and the challenge facing New Zealand.

This was the central thesis presented by the Minister for Climate Change,

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Hon James Shaw presentation: Green, Greener, Greenest

12 March 2018

Josephine Serrallach

Hon James Shaw, Minister of Climate Change, will share his in-depth knowledge of climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a presentation at Victoria University’s Pipitea Campus. He will discuss how transparency about climate change and emissions reporting will lead to a better future. 

SOLD OUT – Register below for wait list

Date:  Wednesday 21 March 2018  6.00pm –

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