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Voluntary National Review 2018

KEY MESSAGES - AUSTRALIA

The SDGs reflect Australia’s values and belief in a ‘fair go’.

The SDGs reflect things that Australians value highly and seek to protect, like a healthy environment, access to opportunity and services, human rights, inclusive economies, diverse and supportive communities and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage. Our support for political, economic and religious freedoms, liberal democracy, the rule of law, equality and mutual respect underpin a strong, fair and cohesive society.

Core to the Australian understanding of the SDGs is the Australian value of a “fair go”. Like “leaving no one behind”, it is a call to action for fairness, justice and equality of opportunity.

This is a ‘whole of Australia’ endeavour, across the whole Agenda.

The 2030 Agenda is not just for and about government initiatives and activity: it also involves the business sector, civil society, academia, communities, families and individuals. Australians are already contributing to achievement of the SDGs through their work in the care economy, by volunteering, by preserving the natural environment and through their everyday activity. Australia’s youth play a crucial role given their potential to deliver on the SDGs into the future and their stake in the realisation of the Goals.

Australia is committed to the 2030 Agenda, including the SDGs and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

Australia is committed to the SDGs as a universal, global undertaking to end extreme poverty and ensure the peace and well-being of people across the world. The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper highlights Australia’s responsibility to contribute to global efforts to reduce poverty, alleviate suffering and promote sustainable development.

Achieving the SDGs is in Australia’s interests: it will contribute to lasting global prosperity, productivity and stability. The SDGs are consistent with Australian Government priorities and long-standing efforts across a range of sectors. Likewise, the Addis Agenda’s emphasis on issues like trade and infrastructure investment are in line with Australia’s approach to driving growth and prosperity.
Our development assistance supports efforts to build a stable and prosperous world, with a focus on infrastructure, trade facilitation and international competitiveness; agriculture, fisheries and water; effective governance; education and health; building resilience and gender equality.

Our response to the SDGs is shaped by our environment, governance systems, institutions, economy, and society.

Australia is a constitutional, democratic federation of states and territories sharing governance and regulatory responsibilities with the national level of Government. Local governments have a vital role in local services and regulation. There is coordination and collaboration between all levels of government, supported by a range of existing institutions and processes that ensure accountability and transparency.
The Australian Government has adopted an approach to the SDGs that is appropriate for our national circumstances, with government policy responsibilities and priorities devolved to the relevant agency and level. Other sectors, including Australia’s universities, businesses and civil society, are making substantial efforts to raise awareness, form partnerships and address the risks and opportunities inherent in the Agenda. 

The SDGs contain long-standing, complex policy challenges with no simple solutions. They require a joint effort.

Australia has long recognised the role of sustainable development in ensuring the well-being of the country and its people. Government legislation, regulation and policy already drives us towards many of the environmental, social and economic outcomes enshrined in the SDGs. As approaches and circumstances evolve, the SDGs provide a framework through which governments, businesses, organisations and individuals can conceive of a problem or objective and devise collective action through partnership to drive progress.

Australia’s economic success, reflected in 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, is a product of broad-scale economic, industrial and trade-related reforms. But we continue to grapple with difficult long-standing policy challenges, such as improving health, economic, justice and well-being outcomes for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. And we will need to address ongoing or evolving ones, such as assisting workers through transitions related to technological and industrial change.

We have substantial expertise, innovation and experience to share.

Australians are innovators. We have a highly-educated, vibrant and engaged population, shaped by world-class institutions. We have skills, experience and knowledge that can help deliver on the SDGs and have built partnerships across sectors and borders to address them. We have contributed our expertise to the development of the SDG Indicators and are sharing technology to help others develop the data to track and report.

Focal point
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Global Development Branch
2030agenda@dfat.gov.au
Documents & Reports

Partnerships & Commitments
The below is a listing of all partnership initiatives and voluntary commitments where Australia is listed as a partner or lead entity in the Partnerships for SDGs online platform
A corporate programme of the GEF implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Reduced vulnerability and increased adaptative capacity of communities and disable persons to manage the additional risks of climate change. The partnerships will achieve its goals and objectives through the implementation of a portfolio of CBA projects in all participating SIDS countries. The selection and implementation of specific micro-projects in each country will be guided by an SGP Country Programme Strategy, UN Human Rights Approach and other multi-lateral agreements especially the CBD convection on the conservation of biodiversity. The partnerships will contribute to the SD of SIDS b...[more]

Partners
Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), International Union of Nature Conservation (IUCN) through the Global Partnerships for Small Islands Developing States (GLIPSA), and Disability Rights Fund (DRF); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Australia State of the Environment

Every five years the Australian Government commissions a national assessment of the state of the Australian environment. This review is independently authored and presents a peer-reviewed assessment of the current state of the Australian environment, recent trends, how it is managed and future outlook. The latest review, Australia State of the Environment (SoE) 2016 was released in March this year. SoE 2016 has taken more than two years to bring together, and was compiled by 18 lead authors and with contributions from several hundred other scientists in supporting or peer-reviewing roles. ...[more]

Partners
Department of the Environment and Energy (Government). Bureau of Meteorology (Government), Australian Antarctic Division (Government), Australian Bureau of Statistics (Government), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Government), University of New South Wales (Academic Institution), Mackay Strategic (Other relevant actor).
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Australia will invest around US$1.5 billion (A$1.6 billion) over the five years to 2015 on interventions evidence shows will improve maternal and child health outcomes

Australia supports the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health as a firm platform for putting the health needs of women and children back into the centre of the development agenda. Recognising the need for increased effort on women’s and children’s health, Australia will invest around US$1.5 billion (A$1.6 billion) over the five years to 2015 on interventions evidence shows will improve maternal and child health outcomes. These will include expanding access to family planning and vaccination services, and funding skilled health workers (including midwives), hea...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) as a contribution to global ocean observing

Since 2006, successive Australian Governments have invested in the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) as a national collaborative research infrastructure. IMOS routinely operates a wide range of observing equipment throughout Australias coastal and open oceans, making all of its data accessible to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators. IMOS contributes to sustainable development goals as a Regional Alliance of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). It operates the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN), which is Austra...[more]

Partners
Bureau of Meteorology, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), University of Tasmania (Lead Agent), University of Western Australia, Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Curtin University.
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Blue Economy Aquaculture Challenge

The $3 million Blue Economy Aquaculture Challenge was an open call for innovative ideas for fish feed; new ocean products; and better farm design for use in Indian Ocean countries. In September 2016, ten winning innovations were selected, receiving funding (up to $550,000) and tailored accelerator support to pilot and scale their projects. The solutions target three key problems: feed that does not use wild caught fish meal and oil; new ocean products that alleviate demand for wild caught fish; and new farm systems that improve efficiency, production levels and environmental impact.

Partners
Australia (Government), SecondMuse (Private sector, implementing partner), WWF (NGO), conservationXlabs (implementing partner), CSIRO (Australian Government)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Bureau of Meteorology hosting of UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) decentralised offices for ocean science and tsunami warning

The Australian Government (through the Bureau of Meteorology), the Western Australian Government and UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) have jointly funded an IOC presence in Perth, Australia since 1998. The Perth Program Office (PPO) and the co-located Secretariat for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning & Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS) are a regional node of the IOC and promote international cooperation, coordinate and facilitate the development and implementation of oceanographic science programs and support capacity building initiatives across the full spectrum of the IOCs...[more]

Partners
State of Western Australian (Government), UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (United Nations entity).
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Centre for Samoan Studies and the Pacific Leadership Program (Samoa)

The objectives of the CSS-PLP (Samoa) partnership are:- Promote a culture of discussion, debate and dialogue on current issues which affect modern and future developments in Samoa.- Conduct research in the aforementioned areas.

Partners
Australian Government, Centre for Samoan Studies
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICCHAP)

This partnership fosters to strengthen/ sustain the resilience of the Lauru people to impacts from current and emerging threats of climate change, environmental degradation and natural disasters. All activities already undertaken and planned are consistent with international, national and provincial commitments and planning policies. These include: Solomon Islands National Development Strategy (NDS); Solomon Islands National Climate Change Policy; National Disaster Risk Management Plan; Solomon Islands National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (NBSAP); Choiseul Province Medium Term Deve...[more]

Partners
Solomon Islands Government, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and United Nations Development Programme (UN...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

The best opportunity to slow the rate of near-term warming globally and in sensitive regions such as the Arctic is by cutting emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – most notably methane, black carbon and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Widespread reductions, which complement the need for aggressive global action on carbon dioxide, contribute significantly to the goal of limiting warming to less than two degrees. Reducing SLCPs can also advance national priorities such as protecting air quality and public health, promoting food security, enhancing energy efficiency, and alleviat...[more]

Partners
111 Partners, 50 State and REIO, 16 IGO and 45 NGO partners (as of April 2016). Full list: http://ccacoalition.org/en/partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac)

The Australian Government is supporting Pacific Island countries to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate variability in part through Australia's assistance in the Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac). The program is being implemented by the Bureau of Meteorology, in partnership with 14 Pacific Island countries (PIC), to develop enhanced climate, ocean and tidal services for Pacific Island communities and governments. COSPPac is successfully building capacity in PIC National Meteorological Services (NMSs) and Lands and Survey Departments to develop and disseminate...[more]

Partners
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (Government), Geoscience Australia (Government), the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Commonwealth Marine Reserves

In November 2012, Australia expanded its marine protected area estate to some 3.2 million square kilometres, covering around 36 per cent of the waters within Australias jurisdiction, making it the largest representative marine protected areas network in the world. Australia has exceeded target 14.5 to conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas and has delivered on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+10) commitment to establish representative networks of marine protected areas by 2012. The Australian Government is committed to maintaining the National Representativ...[more]

Partners
Government
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Community Based Fisheries Management Phase 2

The Community-Based Fisheries Management (CBFM) Phase 2 is a research and development project with an estimated value of AUD 2 million (USD 1.5 million) per annum over four years (2017-2021). University of Wollongong also co-contributes resources valued at AUD 2 million (USD 1.5 million) over the life of the Project. The Project aims to support sustainable national and sub-national community-based fisheries management to enhance food security, nutrition, and diversified livelihoods for the people of Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. CBFM Phase 2 is framed within the New Song for Coast...[more]

Partners
Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (Government), Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (Academic institution), WorldFish (Research institution), Pacific Communitys Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division (Development agency).
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Conservation and Sustainable Use of Sites of International Importance to Migratory Birds in East-Asia, South East Asia and Australasia

This partnership provides a cooperative framework for conservation of migratory waterbirds and their inland and coastal habitats across the region. The partnership is guided by the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy and associated Action Plans for conservation of Anatidae (Ducks, Swans and Geese), Cranes and Shorebirds. Each of these Action Plan calls for recognition of internationally important habitat for the relevant species group through inclusion in 'Site Networks'. The site network concept links internationally important sites across country boundaries and provides fo...[more]

Partners
Governments: Government of Australia - Department of Environment and Heritage Government of Japan - Ministry of the Environment Government of Bangladesh Government of Cambodia Government of China - People's Republic of China Government of Democratic People's Republic of Korea Government of Indonesia Government of Malaysia Government of Mongolia Government of Myanmar Government of New Ze...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Coral Triangle Initiative

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) is a multilateral partnership of six countries working together to sustain extraordinary marine and coastal resources by addressing crucial issues such as food security, climate change and marine biodiversity.There is broad scientific consensus that the Coral Triangle represents a global epicenter of marine life abundance and diversity. Spanning only 1.6% of the planet’s oceans, the Coral Triangle region is home to is home to the highest coral diversity in the world with 600 corals or 76% of the world’s known ...[more]

Partners
Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste with USAID, Australia Government: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, ADB, GEF, Conservation International, the Nature Conservancy, and the World Wide Fund for Nature
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Coral Triangle Initiative Australian Support Program

The Australian Governments most recent tranche of funding ($6 million) to the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security is designed to further the effectiveness of the six countries of the Coral Triangle (PNG, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Philippines), individually and collectively, in conserving the hyper-biodiverse and productive seas that are a foundation for millions of livelihoods and ecologically sustainable economic growth in the region. The objectives of the support are: Support the further development of regional enabling conditio...[more]

Partners
Australian Department of the Environment and Energy (Government), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Government), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Government), Conservation International (NGO), The Nature Conservancy (NGO), World Wide Fund for Nature (NGO), TierraMar (Private Sector)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Cyclone Evan Recovery Project

Improvement of the living condition of the population affected by the cyclone Evan; Improvement of the technical capacities of the affected population (APTC building training for the affected population).

Partners
ADRA Samoa, ADRA Germany, NDMO, Australian Aid, APTC, Swiss embassy, Habitat for Humanity, VSA NZ
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Dandelion Program

The Dandelion Program is an employment and work experience program that builds careers for people on the autism spectrum. Goals of the program:- Assisting individuals to build the necessary skills – technical, life and executive functioning - Focusing on building careers for individuals, not just jobs- Educating the workplace in neurodiversity- Training team leads and managers in leading and managing people with autism

Partners
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Specialisterne, Australian Department of Human Services, Australian Department of Defence, SAP, La Trobe University
Sustainable Development Goals
Developing a bilingual web-based fish identification tool for field use in Indonesia

This project will deliver a bilingual web-based tool to improve fish identification and fisheries monitoring. This will benefit Indonesia, but also has a wider Southeast Asian application. All fisheries monitoring programs require accurate fish identification. Fisheries assessments routinely rely on fish catch data, as recorded by port-based enumerators and/or on-board observers. Data that is flawed as a result of incorrectly identified fish species can affect the quality of assessments. The tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and Western and Centr...[more]

Partners
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (government), Agency for Marine Affairs and Fisheries Research and Development, Indonesia (government)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Disaster Risk Management in the Islands of the Indian Ocean

The partnership focuses on strengthening the capacity of the islands of the Indian Ocean member of the Indian Ocean Commission and Zanzibar Island of the United Republic of Tanzania to reduce their vulnerability, exposure and protect the population of the region against loss and damage that result from catastrophic events.

Partners
Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Reunion Island , Zanzibar/Tanzania, European Union, French Development Agency, Australian Government, UNISDR, World Bank
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Ending Illegal Fishing through Improved Surveillance

The Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organization (CSIRO) has developed a system for identifying suspicious activities by vessels at sea, including illegal fishing and transhipment of fishery products. The system provides an automated notification system for reporting on high risk vessels. This can be accessed either by website, or via electronic reports delivered via email. Interested parties can obtain reports either via registration of an area of interest, or via entry of vessel identification information. The focus of the system is on providing decision support to coastal states,...[more]

Partners
Australia (CSIRO - Government research body), Vulcan Philanthropy (Philanthropic organization)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Engaging Parliamentarians as Advocates with civil society to progress SRHR and ICPD in the Pacific SIDS

AFPPD in partnership with IPPF and Pacific Parliaments has trialled a post election module in Building Capacity of Pacific Island Parliamentarians to Advocate for ICPD and SRHR in Tonga and Cook Islands Parliaments. We also provide opportunities to build advocacy and knowledge skills of parliamentarians, including processes to enable them to work with CSOs. This partnership is effective in enhancing social protection and inclusion, improving well being, and guaranteeing opportunities for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, by focusing parliamentarians on their roles within their national pa...[more]

Partners
IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) EASEOR Cook Islands Parliament, Tonga Parliament, Maldives Parliament, Kiribati Parliament, Australian and New Zealand Parliamentary Groups on Population and Development. UN partners - UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, UN DESA
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
eReefs catchment and coastal fore casting and satellite based monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef

The eReefs project is a multi-year, multi-partner project that uses satellite derived water quality observations, as well as numerical model simulations of the catchments that flow into the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and the fate of pollutants once they reach the GBR lagoon. This submission deals only with the components of the project delivered by the Bureau of Meteorology which consist of three components. The first is an operational OGC compliant data service and portal to access a range of water quality parameters including chlorophyll-a, sediments, coloured dissolved organic matter, lig...[more]

Partners
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Government), Australian Institute of Marine Science (Government), Queensland Government (Government), Great Barrier Reef Foundation (Non-governmental Organisation).
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Forum Compact - A Pacific Regional Enabling Mechanism to Achieve Sustainable Development

The Pacific is home to one third of the 52 Small Island Developing States in the world. With the exception of PNG, the rest of the Pacific SIDS are constrained by small administrations and limited economies of scale. Despite universal support for the MDGs, MSI and the high per capita ODA in the Pacific, the region is off track in achieving most of the MDGs by 2015 . Recognising this, the Pacific Isalands Forum Leaders in 2009 agreed to the (Cairns) Forum Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination. The Compact comprises various initiatives including: i) annual Millennium Development G...[more]

Partners
Pacific Islands Forum members: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. Development Partners & Organisations : ADB, EU, France, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Secretariat of the Pacif...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Funding to Address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Pacific

This is a four-year investment valued at approximately USD 3.29 million (AUD 4.4 million 2017-2021) to increase capacity in Pacific island countries (PICs) to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the region. IUU fishing is an ongoing challenge for Pacific Island countries. A 2016 Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) report on the quantification of IUU fishing in the Pacific Islands region estimated that around 10 per cent of the overall catch is estimated as IUU, valued at approximately USD 616 million per annum. The Regional Roadmap for...[more]

Partners
Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) (regional organisation)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Green Skills Agreement

The Australian Green Skills Agreement (2009) seeks to build the capacity of the vocational education and training (VET) sector to deliver the skills for sustainability and required in the workplace and to enable individuals, businesses and communities to adjust to and prosper in a sustainable, low-carbon economy. Source: World Resources Institute (2011) A Compilation of Green Economy Policies, Programs, and Initiatives from Around the World. The Green Economy in Practice: Interactive Workshop 1, February 11th, 2011 The Green Skills Agreement seeks to build the capacity of the vocational educ...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
IHO Hydrography Capacity Building Programme for Coastal States

The IHO capacity building programme seeks to assess and advise on how countries can best meet their international obligations and serve their own best interests by providing appropriate hydrographic and nautical charting services. Such services directly support safety of navigation, safety of life at sea, efficient sea transportation and the wider use of the seas and oceans in a sustainable way, including the protection of the marine environment, coastal zone management, fishing, marine resource exploration and exploitation, maritime boundary delimitation, maritime defence and security, and o...[more]

Partners
International Hydrographic Organization (IGO); 87 IHO Member States (Governments); International Maritime Organization (UN); World Meteorological Organization (UN); International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (NGO)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Knowledge sharing for the protection and restoration of coastal blue carbon ecosystems through the International Partnership for Blue Carbon and in the Indo-Pacific.

Australia leads the International Partnership for Blue Carbon which aims to enhance the protection and restoration of coastal blue carbon ecosystems that sequester carbon in mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses. It aims to do so by raising awareness, sharing knowledge and accelerating practical action. The Partnership was announced during the Paris climate change conference in 2015. Australia is taking an active role within the region, including supporting Coral Triangle and IORA countries to collaborate on the protection of blue carbon ecosystems. This includes an initial Coral Triangl...[more]

Partners
The Partnership includes: Costa Rica, France, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, the UAE, the United States, the Blue Carbon Initiative (Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO)), Centre for International Forestry Research, CSIRO, Global Change Institute (University of Queensland), ...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Land-based Plastics to the Ocean

CSIRO has developed protocols, analytical tools, and has carried out coastal, terrestrial and ocean-based surveys for anthropogenic debris in Australia at a national scale and in several other countries. The goal of this work is to use field sampling and mathematical modelling to document the distribution of plastic in the ocean, on the coast and in the nearshore environment generated by 6-8 major urban centers and surrounding areas that have been identified as having significant waste mis-management or losses into the marine environment. This will allow for empirical validation of waste losse...[more]

Partners
CSIRO -(Government research body), Oak Philanthropy (Philanthropic organization), Schmidt Marine (Philanthropic Organization), Our Seas of East Asia Network (non-governmental organization),
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Nansen Initiative

It aims to set in place back-stopping measures that address the needs of people and communities who are displaced from the impacts of natural hazards and the adverse effects of climate change within, and across borders.To reach this goal technical assistance and capacity building can provide the basis to increase the required awareness from the community to the political level and complement and strengthen national adaptation policy. In the event that displacement occurs, government will have institutionalised safe-guard measures that protect people who are displaced and the receiving communit...[more]

Partners
The Nansen Initiative: The Steering Group is composed of national governments who initiates, hosts, oversees and steers the Nansen Initiative process and is co-chaired by the Governments of Norway and Switzerland. Member states to the group include Australia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Germany, Kenya, Mexico, and the Philippines in addition to the co-chair countries, Norway and Switzerland. ...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
National Environmental Science Programme: Marine Biodiversity Hub

The Australian Governments National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) is a long-term commitment to environment and climate research, delivered through six research Hubs that are being provided with funding of $142.5 million from 2015 to 2021. The Marine Biodiversity Hub will research Australian oceans and marine environments, including temperate coastal water quality and marine species, with funding of $23.88 million through the University of Tasmania and its partners. The hub will make a significant contribution to research on planning and monitoring for Australias oceans and marin...[more]

Partners
Australian Department of the Environment and Energy (Government), Australian Institute of Marine Science (Government research agency), University of Tasmania (Lead Academic institution), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO Government Research agency), Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS Research infrastructure facility), Charles Darwin University (Academic in...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
National Environmental Science Programme: Tropical Water Quality Hub

The Australian Governments National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) is a long-term commitment to environment and climate research, delivered through six research Hubs that are being provided with funding of $142.5 million from 2015 to 2021. The Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub will make a significant contribution to research on coastal and marine water quality in Australia's Great Barrier Reef and other tropical waters with funding of $31.8m. This research will be of great value to decision-makers to better understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-clas...[more]

Partners
Australian Department of the Environment and Energy (Government), Griffith University (Academic institution), James Cook University (Academic institution), Central Queensland University (Academic institution), University of Queensland (Academic institution), Australian Institute of Marine Science (Government research agency) and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO ...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIF)

The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) is a Pacific-wide programme helping to provide sustainable financial services to low income households. By 2019 PFIP aims to have: - One million low-income people in the Pacific, with at least 50 per cent women, gain access to appropriate/affordable financial services; (600,000 achieved by 2014)- Additional 150,000 previously unbanked people, with at least 50 per cent women, gain access to a formal savings account;- Four additional Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) have national financial inclusion strategies that reflect gender differences and w...[more]

Partners
United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ILO, Australian Government, European Union (EU), ACP/EU Microfinance, New Zealand Aid Programme, Reserve Bank of Fiji, Bank of Papua New Guinea, Central Bank of Samoa, Central Bank of Solomon Islands, National Reserve Bank of Tonga, Reserve Bank of Vanuatu, Fiji Department of Social Welfare, Fiji Ministry...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM)

Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting is a summit-level meeting which has been held every three years since 1997. Leaders openly discuss various issues that Pacific Island Countries(PICs) are facing in order to build close cooperative relationships and forge a bond of friendship between Japan and PICs. The 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) was held in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan, on 22 and 23 May, 2015. At this summit, under the slogan of "We are Islanders - Commitment to the Pacific from Iwaki,

Partners
Government of Japan in cooperation with Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Maritime Boundaries Project

The Pacific Maritime Boundaries Project aims to assist Pacific island countries (PICs) to secure maritime jurisdictional rights consistent with international law with an estimated value of just under AUD 2 million over three years (20017-18 to 2019-20). It will focus on two main areas: - Support to the Pacific Community (SPC) and PICs to finalise outstanding Pacific maritime boundaries and limits; and - Establish an administrative infrastructure and capability required for boundary dissemination and which also supports the efficient use of marine space and the resolution of conflicts betwe...[more]

Partners
Geoscience Australia (government), Attorney Generals Department (academic institution), Pacific Communitys (development agency), Sydney University (academic institution), UNEP (multilateral agency) and GRID Arendal (foundation).
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific NCD Partnership for a Multi-sector Approach to Prevent and Control NCDs (Pacific NCD Partnership)

The Partnership's objective is to strengthen and coordinate the necessary capacity and expertise to support Pacific SIDS to significantly progress the prevention and control of NCDs in order to meet the globally agreed NCD targets, in particular through: 1.Advocating for the necessary political will, adequate institutional support and resources to underpin country level development outcomes that have effectively integrated NCD prevention and control considerations; 2.Using the Pacific NCD Roadmap as a key document guiding the NCD support provided by existing partners. 3.Strengthening their s...[more]

Partners
Pacific Island Forum Leaders, Pacific Ministers of Health, Pacific Islands Permanent Missions at the UN, PICTs, SPC, PIFS, WHO, UNDP, World Bank, Australia DFAT, NZAP, US Department of State, NCD Alliance, PIHOA (other partners are welcome to join as desired also).
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility

PRIF is a multi-agency coordination mechanism aimed at improving the delivery of development assistance from donors and development partners to the infrastructure sector in the Pacific region. PRIF supports infrastructure development and maintenance in twelve Pacific Island Countries (PICs) through investment coordination, research and technical assistance.PRIF provides a framework for better engagement of countries and development partners to ensure more effective use of available funding and deliver better infrastructure services. Through deeper coordination, PRIF is able to help countries m...[more]

Partners
Asian Development Bank, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, European Union, European Investment Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the World Bank Group.
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Regional Navigation Initiative

Safe and reliable passage through Pacific waters is essential to protect fragile ocean environments and allow Pacific island countries' economies to develop. Up-to-date navigation charts based on modern, accurate surveys are critical transport infrastructure the ocean equivalent of well-constructed roads. Hydrography is highly specialised. Few Pacific countries have the technical capability or systems needed to undertake hydrographic surveys or update their own navigational charts.This new regional programme aims to ensure Pacific navigation charts meet international standards and support mari...[more]

Partners
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ); Geoscience for Development Programme at the South Pacific Commission (SPC); South West Pacific Hydrography Commission, the International Hydrographic Office, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; New Zealand and Australian naval Defence Forces; Governments of Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, and Tokelau initially, expanding to other Pacific nation...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Phase-Out of Inefficient Incandescent Light Bulbs

The Australian Government announced that all inefficient light bulbs will be phased out in favor of more efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Source: Australian Government The phase-out delivers considerable savings to the environment and the economy. Across the country, the move was expected to save around 30 terawatt hours of electricity and 28 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2020. This is equivalent to permanently decommissioning a small coal-fired power station or taking more than 500,000 cars off the road permanently. It is expected to result in savings...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Progressing Implementation of the New Song for Coastal Fisheries Pathways to Change

Under this project, Australia supports implementation of the A New Song for Coastal Fisheries - Pathways to Change (the New Song) for coastal fisheries management, a new approach developed with Australia's funding in 2015. The project takes forward some elements of the New Song that are not being fully addressed at present, including: Outcome 1, informed, empowered coastal communities with clearly defined user rights; Outcome 6, Effective collaboration and coordination amongst stakeholders and key sectors of influence; and to a lesser extent Outcome 2, adequate and relevant information to ...[more]

Partners
Pacific Community's Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division (Development agency).
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Protecting Children from Violence, Abuse and Exploitation in the Pacific

Outcome 1: Child Protection Systems (including Justice and Police, child and family social services, health and education and communities) provide improved quality of and access to services for the prevention of and response to violence, abuse and exploitation of children at all times.Outcome 2 Parents, caregivers, and children demonstrate skills, knowledge and behavior enabling children to grow up in caring homes and communities, including schools that are free from violence, abuse and exploitation.

Partners
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia UNICEF Governments of Nauru, Palau, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Tuvalu
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Revenue growth through institutional linkages and systems support

Since the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands in 2003, core government functions have been restored and stabilised, institutions have been rebuilt and steady growth has occurred. While good progress has been made, there continues to be a need for ongoing support to develop core systems, processes and capability within the Solomon Islands Inland Revenue Department (SIIRD). Continuing this focus will enable SIIRD to deliver an effective and efficient tax administration system and respond to future tax policy reforms.

Partners
Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance and Treasury; New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department; Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Samoa Parliamentary Strengthening Programme

The Programme has four outputs:1. Effective national leadership and accountability of members of Parliament2. Law-making and committee oversight strengthened in support of Millennium Development Goals3. Engagement of public with MPs and parliament strengthened, with special effort made to engage young people and women4. Efficient, professional and high quality procedural and administrative support services provided to MPs and other key clients groupsThe partnership also has promoted advocacy work by parliamentarians through the establishment of the following groups:- SPAGHL: Samoa Parliament ...[more]

Partners
Parliament of Samoa, Parliament of Tasmania (Australia), University of Tasmania, Parliament of Australia, IPU, CPA, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UNDP and UN Women. The partnership with the Parliament of Australia is through their international and Community Relations Office (ICRO) that administers two programmes: Pacific Parliamentary Partnership and Pacific Women Parliamen...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Sea Turtle Restoration and Protection

Local marine resources are a very important part of coastal communities in Papua New Guinea and in the Pacific. Marine resources contribute to local people's livelihood through food, medicine, clothing, spirituality and also income to allow locals to participate in the cash based economy. In the time of our ancestors there was abundance of life in the sea with very little pressure on them, taking enough only for the daily meal. Because there was low demand for marine resources harvesting methods were restricted to fish traps and fishing lines. Today we see a different scenario where the deman...[more]

Partners
The Nature Conservancy, Madang Civil Society Forum, Madang Provincial government, SeaWeb PNG Program, Mahonia Na Dari, Partners with Melanesia, The Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights Advocacy Group, PNG Coastal Locally Management Areas, Department of Environment and Conservation, World Wildlife Fund, local communities who share the beaches with the turtles in Madang, Mineral Policy ...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
South Pacific Vulnerability and Adaptation Initiative

The aim of this initiative is to enable Pacific Island countries to adapt to the future impact of climate change, climate variability and sea-level rise. Consistent with the objectives of the Pacific Island Framework for Action on Climate Change, Climate Variability and Sea Level Rise, the initiative aims to strengthen regional collaboration between relevant multilateral and regional technical agencies and other bilateral donors, and to enlist the support of key government, community and private stakeholders.

Partners
Governments: Government of Australia - Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) UN System: World Bank Group (United States of America) Other intergovernmental organizations: South Pacific Applied Geoscience Comm. (SOPAC) (Fiji) South Pacific Regional Environment Programme SPREP (Samoa) Other: University of South Pacific (USP) (Fiji)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP)

The Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) is a portfolio investment approach by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which aims to address the issues of water, food, and energy security in South Asia through better regional cooperation, policy reforms, technology transfer and capacity building targeting the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and girls.

Partners
* CUTS International * Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Sydney 2030

Sydney 2030 is a sustainable urban development plan intended to change the way we live, work and play in the city; now and into the future. The plan focuses on making Sydney a place where the environment matters and the economy thrives, where art and culture are encouraged and supported and a place where people feel at home and connected to the local community and the rest of the world. Source: Shanghai Manual: A Guide for Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century (2010) "In March of 2008, the City of Sydney Council released their Sustainable Sydney 2030 development plan that outli...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
The Clean Energy Legislative Package

The Clean Energy Legislative Package includes the carbon pricing mechanism and delivers support for jobs and competitiveness and Australian's economic growth, while reducing pollution. Households will be assisted through tax reform and increased payments. Source: The Legislative Package includes: 1. Fixed price period The carbon pricing mechanism will commence on 1 July 2012, with a price that will be fixed for the first three years. The price will start at $23 per tonne and will rise at 2.5 per cent each year in real terms. 2. Emissions trading scheme On 1 July 2015, the carbon price will t...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
The Pacific Regional Data Repository for Sustainable Energy for All (PRDR for SE4ALL)

The primary objective of this partnership is to support Pacific governments and their development partners working in the energy sector by facilitating access to up-to-date, reliable energy data and project information for planning, policy and investment decision purposes. A secondary objective is to make it easy for countries and their donor partners as well as potential investors to access reports and documents relating to existing and proposed energy projects in order to help in the replication of successful activities and to avoid repeating mistakes that have been made in past projects.

Partners
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Government of Australia, Government of Tonga, PICs Energy Offices, Power Utilities, Petroleum Companies, Statistics Offices, Development Partners, CROP agencies, Civil Society Organisations, the private sector, national pricing authorities and consumer groups.
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Threat abatement plan for the impacts of marine debris on vertebrate marine life

In August 2003, Injury and fatality to vertebrate marine life caused by ingestion of, or entanglement in, harmful marine debris was listed as a key threatening process under Australia's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. A threat abatement plan was prepared in 2009 to address the key threatening process, with the primary focus of addressing the impact of entanglement and ingestion of marine debris on vertebrate marine life. Australia is updating the threat abatement plan, incorporating new actions needed to abate the listed key threatening process. The plan provi...[more]

Partners
Australia Government
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
To foster greater blue carbon cooperation in the Indian Ocean region

Australia commits to foster greater blue carbon awareness and cooperation in the Indian Ocean region. Australia is a leader in blue carbon and is playing its role in championing greater blue carbon cooperation in the Indian Ocean region to mitigate the impacts of climate change and enable new opportunities for sustainable economic growth.

Partners
Australia (Government), CSIRO (Scientific organisation), International Blue Carbon Partnership, and other research and academic organisations.
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Vanuatu NGO Climate Change Adaptation Program

The Vanuatu NGO Climate Change Adaptation Program (2012-2014), funded by the Australian Government, is implemented by a consortium of six organisations: Save the Children, CARE International in Vanuatu, Vanuatu Red Cross Society, Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centres Association, SPC/GIZ and coordinated by Oxfam.The program's goal is to increase the resilience of women, men and young people in Vanuatu to the impacts of climate change.The program works with communities in nine islands across four provinces. It takes a broad view of resilience as the ability of women, men and children to re...[more]

Partners
Oxfam CARE International in Vanuatu Save the Children Vanuatu Red Cross Society Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centres Association SPC/GIZ Vanautu Humanitarian Team (VHT) Vanuatu Climate Adaptation Network (VCAN) Australian Government
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Waste Management and Sanitation Improvement (WMI) Programme

The Cook Islands Government, New Zealand and Australian Governments funded Waste Management and Sanitation Improvement (WMI) Programme has been the main programme for the Cook Islands in the sanitation sector since 2011. The three-year programme has funding of NZ$4.7 million from NZ/AusAid, and a commitment of additional related funding of NZ$585,000 from the Government of the Cook Islands. Running from 1 March 2011 until 30 June 2014, the programme has a number of outputs and outcomes aimed at establishing a platform for and initiating key work streams for delivery of ongoing improvements in ...[more]

Partners
Cook Islands Government New Zealand and Australian Governments through the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Donor Harmonised Programme of NZ and Australian Official Development Assistance to the Cook Islands 2008-12
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Water Smart Parks

The City of Stirling has prepared a Water Smart Parks strategy. This initiative aims at water conservation and identifies priority parks for: Ecozoning and hydrozoning, irrigation system retrofits, soil moisture probes and connecting to a centralised irrigation system. Source: The ICLEI Case Study series The irrigation of parks, gardens and playing fields represents the largest use of water by local governments in Western Australia, constituting in most cases, over half a local government's water consumption. The City of Stirling has prepared a Water Smart Parks strategy which identifi es pri...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Women & Trade - Economic Empowerment of Women in the Pacific (Papua New Guinea)

Women play a key role in Pacific economies. They however operate largely in the fragmented informal sector where the lack of organisation, management, quality orientation, and access to markets jeopardize their capacity to grow and develop their businesses; in turn undermining the region's potential to use trade as a driver of growth, employment and poverty reduction.The purpose of the partnership is to provide businesswomen with the capacity to capitalise on potential opportunities to participate in formal markets, and as a result increase the economic benefits businesswomen in the Pacific re...[more]

Partners
International Trade Centre (ITC) World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Government of Papua New Guinea Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), Papua New Guinea Associations of Bilum producers in Papua New Guinea's highlands
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Women & Trade - Economic Empowerment of Women in the Pacific (Samoa)

Women play a key role in Pacific economies. They however operate largely in the fragmented informal sector where the lack of organisation, management, quality orientation, and access to markets jeopardize their capacity to grow and develop their businesses; in turn undermining the region's potential to use trade as a driver of growth, employment and poverty reduction.The purpose of the partnership is to provide businesswomen with the capacity to capitalise on potential opportunities to participate in Samoa's government procurement.The partnership will implement a project developed with the sup...[more]

Partners
International Trade Centre (ITC) Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Government of Samoa Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC), Samoa
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Women & Trade - Economic Empowerment of Women in the Pacific (Vanuatu)

Women play a key role in Pacific economies. They however operate largely in the fragmented informal sector where the lack of organisation, management, quality orientation, and access to markets jeopardize their capacity to grow and develop their businesses; in turn undermining the region's potential to use trade as a driver of growth, employment and poverty reduction.The purpose of the partnership is to provide businesswomen with the capacity to capitalise on potential opportunities to participate in formal markets, and as a result increase the economic benefits businesswomen in the Pacific re...[more]

Partners
International Trade Centre (ITC) Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme, Vanuatu Government of Vanuatu Associations of women smallholder farmers in Espiritu Santo island, Vanuatu Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
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