The Global Compact Network Australia has welcomed the announcement of a Senate inquiry into Australian implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The inquiry will be led by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee. The terms of reference for the inquiry refer in particular to:
- The current level of understanding and awareness of the SDGs in the Australian community
- The potential costs and opportunities for Australia in implementing the SDGs
- Which governance structures and measures are required to drive meaningful and tangible SDG-related outcomes
- Examples of best practice implementation from abroad, which can be adapted and utilised in Australia
- Which of the SDGs can be achieved through Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme and which SDGs are currently being address by ODA
- How countries in the Indo-Pacific are responding to implementing the SDGs, which of the SDGs have been prioritised in these countries and how can these priorities be incorporated into Australia’s ODA programme
Further information is available on the inquiry webpage: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/SDGs
Submissions to the inquiry are due by 29 March 2018.
The Committee is due to report to the Senate by 29 November 2018.