SDG@RMIT Transformation Platform

SDG@RMIT Transformation Platform

A new report explores ways of deepening and leveraging RMIT's engagement with SDGs.

Momentum is rapidly growing around transforming Our World: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, otherwise known as the sustainable development Goals (SDGs). Laid out by the United Nations with the endorsement of all 193 of the nations it represents, this transformational vision takes a systemic view of the problems and solutions facing the world. Integrating environmental sustainability, social justice and prosperity to an unprecedented degree, it presents a road map of concerted action, focused on the coming decade. It makes clear that society is at a key decision point on multiple intersecting challenges, including climate change.How we collectively respond has far-reaching ramifications.

In response, external and internal stakeholders of RMIT University are beginning to strongly commit to implementing the SDG agenda for change. The question is: how is RMIT university going to engage as an institution? The university was an early signatory to the SDGs, has a critical mass of researchers and educators with internationally recognised capabilities and standing in numerous relevant areas, and a legally mandated institutional commitment to work in pursuit of the latter. It also has an energetic sustainable development senior advisor who is leading a range of work on the SDGs. The question now is what the next phase of RMIT engagement looks like. Will the institution commit as a whole and if so, how?

The aim of this concept note is to provoke focused discussion about RMIT’s next phase of SDG engagement. Informed by a wide scan of the situation, the document presents four possible options for RMIT university’s SDG engagement, outlines why the university should take the option of Deep and Bold Engagement seriously, and offers practical suggestions for taking this forward through an RMIT University SDG Transformation Platform.

See SDG@RMIT Transformation Platform for more information. 

18 July 2019

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18 July 2019

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