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SDG Summit on 23 April 2018

David Dunsheath
Board Member with delegated Authority for SDG’s

Nearly two and a half years into the United Nation’s 15-year Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programme, wide spread public awareness of these SDGs is only now dawning in New Zealand.  Government, civil society and business institutions have only recently begun to align their policy settings with specific SDGs of relevance to them.

To accelerate knowledge and collaboration about how our nation is working towards the SDGs, New Zealand’s first SDG Summit will be held on Monday 23 April 2018. Click here for details and registration (N.B. The Early Bird registration deadline is 16 March). Attendees are invited to propose and develop ideas for discussion topics within an interactive Action Stations session.  

In our December issue of Transparency times, we outlined the strong relevance of SDG-16: ‘Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions’ to the 7 key global Values of Transparency International (TI) and how TI can, and must, leverage-off SDG-16 in the global communication of its own key values and goals.  

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) has a key role to assist achievement of this ambitious programme within New Zealand and its South Pacific neighbours. It strongly recommends the development of Goal 16, including the specification of a standard measure of corruption applied across all countries.

For background, in September 2015, all countries in the United Nations resolved to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is deliberately ambitious and transformational with a set of 17 integrated and indivisible SDGs and their underlying targets, to guide us all. These goals are designed to free humanity from poverty, secure a healthy planet for future generations, and to build peaceful, inclusive societies as a foundation for ensuring lives of dignity for all. Global progress within the first 2 years of the SDG programme is identified in The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017 (pdf). 

 

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