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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) was endorsed by 193 Member States at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York in September 2015. Australia was represented at the Summit by the Honorable Julie Bishop, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Australia has actively participated in international discussions to shape the 2030 Agenda and has supported the involvement of all development actors, including civil society organizations, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and academia.

What is the 2030 Agenda?

The 2030 Agenda is a comprehensive, progressive and innovative agenda that responds to the many challenges facing the world today and in the future. It aims to integrate the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development.

The 2030 Agenda is made up of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a roadmap for sustainable development efforts to 2030 and beyond and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development – a global plan for financing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Visit the UN Sustainable Development website for more information.

Australia and the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda is both a national and an international agenda. It is well aligned with Australia’s interests – particularly in promoting regional stability, security and economic prosperity.

Australian Government coordination on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).

The role of the Ministry of Environment and Energy

Many Sustainable Development Goals focus directly on the environment or deal with the sustainability of natural resources. The individual goals focus on health, food and agriculture, water and sanitation, human settlements, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, oceans, biodiversity and terrestrial ecosystems.

The Department of Environment and Energy is an active participant in the whole-of-government approach to the 2030 Agenda. The Department is reviewing its policies, programs and reporting systems to determine what changes we could make to better align with the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals and take advantage of the resulting opportunities.

The Department of Environment and Energy is directly responsible for a number of goals and their targets. These objectives are:

  • Goal 7 – Affordable and clean energy;
  • Goal 12 – Responsible production and consumption;
  • Goal 13 – Climate action;
  • Goal 14 – Life Underwater;
  • Goal 15 – Life on Earth.

The Department also contributes to Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities and Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals. . There are many links between the 17 goals. Our efforts to achieve environmental and energy goals will also contribute to the achievement of elements of the other economic and social goals.