Engaging civil society and universities

DFAT is working in close partnership with civil society to advance the 2030 Agenda in our aid program. Our policy, DFAT and NGOs: Effective Development Partners emphasizes the need to for civil society groups to adopt multi-stakeholder approaches to sustainable development.

Promoting the uptake of the 2030 Agenda is a priority under our partnership with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), an NGO peak body which works with a range of development actors to promote the Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information about how the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is engaging with the SDGs please visit the ACFID website.

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DFAT engages the higher education sector on the 2030 Agenda through support for the Research for Development Impact Network (RDI) and engagement with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific, which has produced a guide to Getting started with the SDGs in Universities.

In June 2017 the RDI brought over 400 academic and civil society leaders in international development together for a conference on Partnering for Impact on Sustainable Development to advance cross-sector approaches to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Information on how DFAT is engaging with the Global Compact Network Australia and Australian business on the 2030 Agenda

To be part of the conversation on social media follow @DFAT (and DFAT's 2030 Agenda List) on Twitter – hashtag #2030Agenda #SDGs #GlobalGoals, as well as individual hashtags for each Goal (#SDG1, #SDG2, #SDG3 etc)

External resources for civil society, universities, schools and individuals

United Nations – Sustainable Development

The UN has a range of resources on the Sustainable Development Goals, including a Take Action webpage and the Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World – a guide to what the average person can do to support the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN's SDGs in Action smart phone app helps you learn about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, get news on your favourite goals, find out what you can do to achieve them, create your own events and invite others to join you in sustainable actions and events.

Visit the UN's Sustainable Development website for more information.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilises scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales.

SDSN Australia/Pacific fosters global SDSN activities within the region by developing and promoting solutions, policies and public education. Universities can also sign up to the University Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Visit the SDSN Australia/Pacific website for more information.

SDG Academy

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)’s SDG Academy creates and curates free, graduate-level courses on sustainable development for students around the world. The SDG Academy's courses are fully interactive, so you can meet, debate and learn from both the global faculty of sustainable development experts and fellow students.

Visit the SDG Academy website for more information.

Getting started with the SDGs in Universities

Getting started with the SDGs in Universities is an initiative of SDSN Australia/Pacific in collaboration with the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), the global SDSN, and Australian and New Zealand universities. The tool helps universities, higher education institutions, and the academic sector in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to accelerate their contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Visit the SDSN Getting started with the SDGs in Universities website for more information.

Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Monash University’s Sustainable Development Institute runs the Take One Step digital engagement platform. Developed by the Institute in 2015 Take One Step encourages participants to learn more about the SDGs and share solutions to global challenges via individual action and commitment.

Visit the Take One Step website for more information.

World's Largest Lesson

The World's Largest Lesson is an initiative of Project Everyone in partnership with UNICEF. It introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people through a series of lesson plans and downloadable classroom materials and unites them in action.

Visit the World's Largest Lesson website for more information.

Project Everyone

Project Everyone, devised by Richard Curtis (filmmaker and founder of Comic Relief), is a not-for-profit agency working on campaigns, content and events which ladder up to the achievement of the Goals.

Visit the Project Everyone website for more information.

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Project Everyone has a Global Goals website, with information on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, news on upcoming events and a Media Centre with downloadable images and videos.

Visit the Global Goals website for more information.


Last Updated: 13 December 2017