The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals agreed by 193 Member States at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York in 2015. Signatories have committed to reaching these goals by 2030.
This article provides context supplemented with observations on how Australia is tracking against the goals and associated indicators.
What are the goals?
The goals reflect things that Australians value highly and seek to protect, like a healthy environment, access to opportunity and services, human rights, inclusive economies, diverse and supportive communities and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage. The SDGs comprise 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators.
Below is a snapshot of the 17 goals and our initial observations on the data:
There are two key portals dedicated to tracking Australia’s alignment to the goals.
- Australian Government’s Reporting Platform on the SDG Indicators – This portal provides the status of data collection in Australia by indicator under each goal. Where data is available against a specific indicator, current tracking is available as well as the corresponding dataset. Visit portal.