Nina Lansbury Hall and colleagues write in The Conversation (13.9.16) about the climate policy steps that the federal and state governments will need to take in order to guarantee Australia’s commitments to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
‘Australia will join the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. Some of the discussion will focus on progressing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as agreed at the UN last year.
‘Australia is a signatory to the goals, but it is difficult to know where to begin, as the goals are further broken down into 169 targets. These range from eradicating extreme poverty to developing measurements of progress on sustainable development.
‘But new research from the University of Queensland reveals that actions on climate change (SDG 13) and global partnerships (SDG 17) are likely to influence all other efforts by Australia to achieve the other SDGs.’