Webinar: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Webinar: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
This webinar will explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for water and sanitation, examining their relevance, implications and operationalisation in the Australian water sector


In September 2015, the United Nations launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These cover a range of ambitions that contribute to a healthier environment and population – with targets to be achieved by 2030. Australia is one of the 193 countries that signed up to the SDGs. A crucial difference of the SDGs, compared to the preceding Millennium Development Goals, is that they are applicable to both the country of origin as well as the destination of foreign aid. For Australia, this raises new challenges to consider sustainable development aspects at home, as well as the Asia Pacific region.

One goal, SDG 6, specifically addresses water and sanitation, as well as the ecosystems that support this delivery and access. In addition, water is considered in at least five other SDGs. This provides a wide range of water-related aspects in Australia that could be examined and improved following the targets and monitoring indicators built into the SDGs. For the Australian water industry, the SDGs provide aspirational goals for sustainability planning over the next fifteen years.

This webinar, presented by the sustainable water director and manager of the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute, will:

  • Present the context and description of the UN SDGs focused on water and sanitation.
  • Provide a current snapshot of the need for SDGs on water and sanitation in our Asia Pacific region- with updates provided on the SDGs from the recent International River Symposium (New Delhi, Sept 12-14).
  • Share an overview of the implications and remaining challenges to achieve the SDGs in Australia- in order to provide a foundation on which Australian utilities and water resource managers can operationalise the SDGs.
  • Encourage a discussion of training needs on operationalising and implementing the SDGs for water and sanitation in Australia, to inform the scope of a later AWA training module.




About the UQ Global Change Institute:

The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute plays an important role in achieving this goal, coordinating the university’s strengths in innovation and education by building strategic water research partnerships and facilitating adoption of this research into planning and policy. Increasingly, GCI is highlighting the key links between water, food, energy and our coasts. The Institute’s Sustainable Water program of work integrates four themes of water for productive economies, water for cities, water for the environment, and resilient water communities. This will be achieved through outputs that provide innovative decision-making support tools, whole-of-system understanding, market-based solutions, and innovative monitoring. More information is available at http://www.gci.uq.edu.au/sustainable-water.

Joining this webinar
This webinar will take place at 1pm AEDT on the 31 October and last for approximately 1 hour, including an opportunity for Q&A

Member: $15
Non-member: $25
Corporate access (no limit on viewers): $100

How to register:
1. Click the log in button on the top right hand corner and log into your AWA account or create a new account
2. Once logged in, click the "Register Myself" button at the bottom of the webinar event page
3. Proceed to the checkout to make your payment

Once registered you will receive an email confirmation from AWA, and then an email from the Redback Conferencing platform with the access details for the webinar. This second email will arrive within 1 week of your registration. If you do not receive these emails please contact nhelme@awa.asn.au.

31/10/2016 1:00 PM - 31/10/2016 2:00 PM

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