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UN sustainable development goals: how should Australia respond?

The Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, has produced a discussion paper which presents seven recommendations for Australian Government agencies to consider in their Sustainable Development Goals planning and attainment:

  1. Recommendation 1 – Identify the status of SDG 6 challenges both within Australia and in our region;
  2. Recommendation 2 – Apply SDG 6 targets both within Australia and in our region;
  3. Recommendation 3 – Adopt appropriate government policy coordination arrangements and oversight;
  4. Recommendation 4 – Monitor the achievement of the SDG targets in Australia and our region;
  5. Recommendation 5 – Consider the SDGs as a coherent ‘set’ with interlinkages and feedbacks;
  6. Recommendation 6 – Adopt a systems approach to ensure positive synergies and avoid perverse effects;
  7. Recommendation 7 – Support SDG 6 through Integrated Water Resource Management frameworks.

(A companion discussion paper from The University of Queensland to accompany this will be published in September 2016. It will propose a systems map of the 17 SDGs to achieve the best outcomes, and offer a practical road map for the implementation that reflects these recommendations.)

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