A progress report for Aotearoa New Zealand

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The updated People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): an alternate report for Aotearoa New Zealand 2019 (the People’s Report) has now been released. The full report and a summary pamphlet are hosted at www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report. A final draft of this report was presented at the UN High-Level Political Forum in July this year, however, no post July events have been included in the final report so that its time frame continues to be comparable with the government’s Voluntary National Review (VNR). 

The People’s Report is an independent reflection of Aotearoa New Zealand’s progress towards achieving the ambitious 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, to which it committed in 2015 with 192 other countries. It was overseen by an independent steering group convened by Hui E! Community Aotearoa after discussions with government agencies about civil society’s desire to work more closely with government on the VNR process, and on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. 

It uses newly released data; research and reviews; case studies; interviews; and high level results from a multi sectoral survey of organisations completed in June 2019, which received a total of 189 responses. Over 20 New Zealanders contributed their expertise in writing specific goal chapters. It therefore represents a broad range of perspectives across civil society, including expertise from tangata whenua, academia, community organisations, business, unions, NGOs, and young people.

The report identifies areas such as persistent inequality, the major loss of Aotearoa New Zealand biodiversity and marine life, and the pollution of freshwater sources. The poorer outcomes for Māori in particular, demonstrate the effects of many years of neglect and post colonial racism. While NGOs and others in civil society are making concrete contributions in areas encompassed by the SDGs, there is inconsistent engagement between government and civil society, lack of collaborative planning, sustainable funding and resourcing.

This risks the achievement of the government’s vision and the SDGs, which are grounded in legally binding international human rights commitments, and have multi-stakeholder partnerships at the core.

The many people who have contributed to this report in various ways hope that it will provide a benchmark, along with the government’s VNR report, and a basis for increased multi sectoral partnership and progress in implementing a vision and framework that clearly link Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Living Standards Framework, Wellbeing Budget, and the 2030 Agenda.

Help us spread the word

We would like your help in sharing the report and the significance of its findings and have prepared some key statements to use in your social media. Please also share the report with your own networks and members:

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The People’s Report for Aotearoa on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provides a benchmark and a basis for increased multi sectoral partnership. We need to work together more to progress a vision where no one is left behind and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Living Standards Framework, Wellbeing Budget, and the 2030 Agenda are clearly linked. Read the updated report at: www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report 

NGOs and others in civil society are making concrete contributions in areas encompassed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But we need to do more. There is inconsistent engagement between government and civil society, lack of collaborative planning, sustainable funding and resourcing. Read the updated report at: www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report 

The latest and updated People’s Report on the Sustainable Development Goals raises significant concerns for Aotearoa New Zealand – persistent inequality, the major loss of Aotearoa New Zealand biodiversity and marine life, and the pollution of freshwater sources. The poorer outcomes for Māori in particular, demonstrate the effects of many years of neglect and post colonial racism: www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report 

The latest People’s Report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) makes 39 recommendations to governments, businesses, NGOs and individuals for a fairer and sustainable future. Kotahi te hoe, ka ū te waka ki uta www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report 

Aotearoa New Zealand has a reputation as a leader in human rights, a country with a clean, green image, committed to a better world and to addressing many of the issues included in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the latest People’s Report on the SDGs for Aotearoa New Zealand highlight that this progress has been uneven and that this is particularly true for Māori. We need to ensure ‘no one is left behind’ and we can do this by seeking opportunities to learn about what is not known, to understand other people’s struggles and to act accordingly and appropriately. Read the updated report at www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report 

The updated People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) includes more case studies and in depth goal chapters. It highlights where we are making progress, lagging behind and where we need to act urgently. www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report 

Twitter comms

The #NZPeoplesReport on #SDGs provides a benchmark and basis for increased partnership and progress in implementing a vision for a kinder, more just, equal and sustainable future. Read the updated report at: www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report 

Civil society in Aotearoa is making concrete contributions to the #SDGs, identified in the latest #NZPeoplesReport.  Yet there is inconsistent engagement with government, lack of collaborative planning, sustainable funding & resourcing: www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report 

The latest #NZPeoplesReport on #SDGs makes 39 recommendations to governments, businesses, NGOs and individuals for a fairer and sustainable future. Kotahi te hoe, ka ū te waka ki uta www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report 

The updated #NZPeoplesReport on the 2030 Agenda and #SDGs includes more case studies and in depth goal chapters. It highlights where we are making progress, lagging behind and where we need to act urgently towards a better future. www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report 

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