RMIT faces the question of how it is going to engage with the growing momentum around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda: the transformational vision of environmental sustainability, social justice and prosperity for the world laid out by the United Nations in 2015 to 2030. RMIT was an early signatory to the SDGs, has a critical mass of researchers and educators with internationally recognised capabilities and standing around sustainability, and has a legally mandated institutional commitment to social justice.
RMIT now has the opportunity and capacity to move into a leading position on SDG innovation across its four primary functions of research, education, operations and governance, and external leadership. To enable this vision to be realised, institutional commitment and leadership is needed to bring the different arms of the University together and embed the SDGs in all of its structures, practices, programs and strategies from the ground-up. The SDG Innovation Platform could serve as the portal through which this transformative change can be better achieved and communicated.
The SDG Innovation Platform would harness RMIT’s latent potential to support the innovative cross-scale, cross-sectoral linkages and experimentation needed to successfully pursue genuine sustainable development. With a strong virtual as well as a physical presence in Melbourne, Barcelona and Vietnam, the platform would lead critical thinking and action on the SDGs, co-developing advice and advocacy with strategic stakeholder partnerships.