Sustainable Development Goals

UNESCO Creative Cities and the Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE)in Dunedin: In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that included 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals signal the aim of creating a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice and tackling the world-wide emergency that is climate change. UNESCO Creative Cities contribute to and support the SDGs through their programmes and events with a focus on:

Education – Offering help, experience, guidance and technical support within the Sustainable Development Goal Agenda.
Natural Sciences – Recognition that the contribution of Science, Technology and Innovation plays an important role in sustainable development.|
Social and Human Sciences – Advocacy for acceptable universal values and principles, such as global solidarity, inclusion, anti-discrimination, gender equality and accountability.
Culture – Recognising indigenous cultures and all cultural diversity is at the heart of social development policy making.
Communication and Information – Promotion of free speech and support for greater accessibility and information sharing with the desired outcome being to create and support sustainable communities.
Sustainable Development Goals for Ocean – Promoting a universal mandate and global convening power for ocean science and health.

In January 2020, Otago Polytechnic became a United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Sustainability – becoming one of 167 RCEs globally that promote education for sustainable development. The Polytechnic spearheaded the charge after embedding the concept of sustainable practice through its curriculum and campus development over the past decade.

Supporting Otago Polytechnic in their bid was the Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council, Kāi Tahu, University of Otago, and many businesses and groups throughout the Otago region.

RCE-Otago will advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the region by focusing on the following themes:

  • Building sustainability and social enterprise into the curriculum
  • Water quality, use, efficiency and availability
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Low carbon lifestyles contributing to sustainable cities and towns
  • Partnerships and collaboration.

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature is proud that its kaupapa embraces the SDGs.

Cities of Literature highlight Sustainable Development Goals

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Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature took part in an exciting new project, initiated by Iowa City, that drew attention to the 17 UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals.

These objectives form a program of sustainable, universal and ambitious development, a program of the people, by the people and for the people, conceived with the active participation of UNESCO. The book campaign encouraged participating cities to post book suggestions written locally and relevant to the SDG of the day. The campaign was timed to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference that took place in Madrid from 2- 13 December. A key objective of the conference was to ratify implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.



Behrouz Boochani and Professor Alison Phipps in conversation

Behrouz Boochani

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates that there are 68.5million forcibly displaced people worldwide. Of these, 24.5million are recognised as refugees and 3.1million as asylum seekers.

On 7 February 2020 the Centre for Global Migrations and Mornington Methodist Church co-hosted a conversation between Behrouz Boochani and Professor Alison Phipps.

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