Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replace and build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and incorporate the UN’s wider sustainable development agenda. The agenda was established following extensive consultation with both developed and developing nations, with the SDGs 2030 Agenda placing a greater responsibility on developed nations to assist vulnerable countries to achieve the targets of the SDGs. Central to the SDG commitment is that no one should be left behind.

Volunteers are indispensable to achieving the goals of the SDGs. The 2030 Agenda recognises that volunteers are stakeholders to achieving the 17 SDGs. Volunteers effectively facilitate all Sustainable Development Goals by raising awareness, inspiring or engaging in grassroots efforts.

To achieve the SDGs, it is essential to engage a range of different people. In this vein, volunteers are crucial to achieving the goals of the SDGs. The 2030 Agenda recognises that volunteers are ‘stakeholders’ to achieving the 17 SDGs. Volunteers effectively facilitate all Sustainable Development Goals by raising awareness, inspiring or engaging in grassroots efforts to bring about change.

Volunteerism is a powerful way of encouraging more people to engage in civic and development activities, engaging people at a local and national level for planning and action. It also enhances people’s capacity, builds community participation and social cohesion. Volunteering creates a ripple effect that inspires others, and advances the transformation that is requires for the SDGs to take root in communities.

“Volunteerism strengthens civic engagement, safeguards social inclusion, deepens solidarity and solidifies ownership of development results.”[1]

[1] UN Volunteers, Volunteerism and the Global Goals, https://www.unv.org/volunteerism/volunteerism-and-global-goals

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Volunteering Australia and the SDGs

SDG Forum on VNR

The Australian Government will be submitting its first Voluntary National Report (VNR) on the SDGs next year. The VNR showcases challenges, opportunities and achievements so far. The Government is not able to enact the goals on its own, and we were pleased to take part in the SDG forum recently facilitated by PM&C.


Forum on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Volunteering Australia was pleased to attend a cross-sector Forum on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, facilitated by DFAT. The Forum provided opportunities for contributing feedback to Australia’s first Voluntary National Report (VNR). This first VNR will focus on issues challenges, opportunities and achievements so far, and provide a baseline for development.