• The Goals

Welcome to Victoria University of Wellington’s sustainable development goals website. Here you will find information about the various sustainability objectives, visualized data for the goals, and the People’s Report put together by the Civil Society.
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What Are the SDGs?

At the end of 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born, substituting for the MDGs. Eight areas were expanded and refined to 17: poverty; hunger, health and well-being; education; gender equality, water and sanitation; clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequality; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; justice and strong institutions; and partnerships for the realisation of the goals. They agreed to achieve the SDGs over the coming 15 years. New Zealand is one of the many countries who made a commitment to implement the SDGs at home, and support the UN in achieving the SDGs in other parts of the world… Read More

Why Are These Goals Important?

The ultimate purpose of public policy is to improve the lives of people now and into the future – by enhancing their capabilities and opportunities (i.e. substantive freedoms) to pursue the lives they value, provided of course that, in doing so, they do not interfere with others’ substantive freedoms to do the same. The next building block is the recognition that, while people have every right to choose the kinds of lives they wish to live, there is a huge (and growing) body of empirical evidence that suggests that, irrespective of culture, history, or time, these valued lives have some common ingredients.
The components of the OECD’s Better Life Index (BLI), and the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, provide complementary lenses on these key ingredients, or dimensions of wellbeing. As the OECD explains, one way to explain this complementarity, is to conceptualise the UN SDGs as the treatments prescribed by the wellbeing-doctor, to achieve the outcomes that are the key dimensions of individual wellbeing… Read More

The purpose of this website is to track New Zealand’s progress on the SDGs. The 2017 OECD report on New Zealand’s highlights distance to the 169 global SDG targets. You can also visit our data page to see our progress on gathering and updating data on the indicators used by the OECD for New Zealand, to show our performance over time and progress toward meeting the SDGs.

This website is developed by Victoria University of  Wellington, with oversight by a multi-sector group in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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