Countdown to 2030: Challenges for the SDGs

Countdown to 2030: Challenges for the SDGs

This free seminar (Tue 15 Mar 2022) examined the challenges and opportunities for SDG implementation as the agenda's time rapidly runs out. Our expert panel discussed pathways to impact for sustainable development, rapid response, and the relationship between the SDGs and climate transition.

2022 marks the halfway point for the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a 15-year plan to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2019, the UN called for a 'Decade of Action', pledging to mobilize financing, enhance national implementation and strengthen institutions to achieve the Goals by the target date of 2030. Despite this commitment, and despite calls for the SDGs to form 'a critical framework for COVID-19 recovery,' progress is too slow, and in many cases, going backwards.


Prof Gary Rosengarten
Director Enabling Capability Platform
(Sustainability Development Technologies)
RMIT University

Dr Jessica Reeves
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science
Federation University

Sophie Arnold
Executive Manager
United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division)


Dr Emma Shortis
Research Officer, European Union Centre of Excellence
Social and Global Studies Centre
RMIT University


Tuesday 15 March 2022 
1 pm - 2.30 pm
Melbourne time (AEDT)


RMIT University
Council Chamber, Level 2R, Building 1 
124 Latrobe St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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This event was organised and hosted by the Jean Monnet Network on Scientific and Social Innovation in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

The Jean Monnet Network on Scientific and Social Innovation in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is co-funded by the Jean Monnet Activities Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.