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Policy report

No one left behind: implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Australia

An investigation of international best practice in SDG governance structures, policy and planning
Sustainable Development Goals Economic development Governance Australia

Australia was one of 193 countries that came together at the high-level United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit in New York in September 2015 to commit to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a universal agenda, and their implementation is the shared responsibility of all countries at all stages of development, including OECD nations like Australia.

Following a 2018 parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s SDG implementation, the Morrison Government and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMAC) will require up-to-date knowledge on international best practice in governance, policy and planning for SDG implementation to inform its response to the 18 recommendations issued by the Australian Senate’s Foreign Affairs and Trade References Committee in February 2019.

This research project aims to identify the emergent national best practice examples of SDG implementation – including governance structures, policy and planning – to assist Australia to improve its SDG performance for the benefit of all Australians. It aims to give weight to the voices and views of the many stakeholders who made submissions to the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into the SDGs of 2018.

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