City of Melbourne desktop SDG assessment

by City of Melbourne

(Government)

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In 2017, City of Melbourne conducted a desktop assessment to find out how City of Melbourne’s strategies and plans currently deliver against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Project implemented: September 2017

Project goal

To understand how City of Melbourne is currently delivering against the SDGs and to determine if they would add value to City of Melbourne’s approach to work and outcomes sought.

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why is this project important?

City of Melbourne recognises it has a role to play supporting the national government agenda by addressing the issues articulated in the Goals. In particular, City of Melbourne recognises SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities is a global response to the fact our planet will soon need to support up to nine billion people and our cities consume the most resources, produce the most waste and use the most energy. In addition to this, we are currently witnessing a rise of social and economic inequality.

In 2017, City of Melbourne conducted a desktop assessment to find out how City of Melbourne’s strategies and plans currently deliver against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The desktop assessment determined all 17 SDGs are aligned with City of Melbourne’s strategies and plans and Council goals. Some strategies and plans align to multiple Sustainable Development Goals.

However, the review identified an opportunity to strengthen delivery against key SDGs and promote further integration across strategies and plans: SDG 1 No poverty, SDG 2 Zero hunger, SDG 4 Quality education, SDG 5 Gender equality, SDG 10 Reduced inequalities, SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13 Climate action, SDG 14 Life below water and SDG 15 Life on land.

Further value was identified in the practical global reference point the SDGs provide to think holistically about sustainable development, while providing a common language to engage and communicate with our stakeholders and community.

As a result of the desktop assessment, a recommendation was made to align with the SDGs to guide a more integrated approach to our work and to pursue the following actions:

  1. Consider SDG thinking in the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) review.
  2. Incorporate SDG thinking into City of Melbourne’s strategy framework.
  3. Engage with SDG stakeholders to share lessons learned and gain insight from others, as the CoM aligns with the SDGs.

This work is currently underway.

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