Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific

regional Network
Region: Asia & Pacific

SDSN Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific mobilizes local knowledge to advance viable solutions to sustainable development challenges in the Australasia region. The network, hosted by Monash University, and established in 2013, includes the following countries and/or territories: American Samoa, Australia, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Réunion, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

Key focus areas include (co) organizing workshops and public lectures on Australia’s SDG progress and identifying concrete opportunities for accelerating action, mainstreaming education for the SDGs in higher education through co-developing guides with SDSN, empowering youth through the launch of its AusNZPac Youth SDG Index and supporting the 2023 Australian Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) in workshops to empower youth in addressing key issues.

Network Hosts

Youth-led Report Measures Young People’s Progress Towards the SDGs

In July 2023, SDSN Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific - Youth launched Towards an AusNZPac Youth SDG Index, a youth-led report that was the first in the world to use the SDGs framework to measure young people’s progress towards sustainable development and highlighted the need for a more genuine SDGs youth focus.

Consultation Workshops Empower Youth to Address Climate Change

Together with Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and UNICEF Australia, SDSN Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific - Youth supported the 2023 Australian Local Conference of Youth (LCOY). The LCOY involved consultation workshops to empower young people to address climate change and to produce the 2023 National Child and Youth Statement on Climate Change, the official Australian youth input to COP28.

Lectures and Workshops Focus on Accelerating Australia's SDG progress

To mark the mid-point of Agenda 2030, the network collaborated with the UN Global Compact Network Australia on two cross-sector workshops in October 2023 to discuss Australia’s SDG progress and identify concrete opportunities for accelerating action. The network also co-hosted a public lecture in Melbourne by SDSN President, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, on Leadership for Sustainable Development.

Virtual Sessions Highlight Best Practices, Challenges, and Opportunities in Higher Education

Continuing the Accelerating SDG Practice Initiative, in 2022, SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific co-organized with Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Australia nine virtual sessions to share good practices, challenges, and opportunities for mainstreaming education in higher education in the region.

SDSN Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Network Members

Organization Country Network Sector
Centre for Policy Development Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Non-Governmental Organization
Mulloon Institute for Environment, Farming and Society Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Research Institution
ClimateWorks Centre Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Research Institution
Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), Curtin University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)
Deakin University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Non-Governmental Organization
James Cook University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
RMIT University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
University of Adelaide Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Australian National University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Western Sydney University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
University of Queensland Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Monash University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
University of Technology Sydney Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Non-Governmental Organization
University of Western Australia Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Global Ideas Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Non-Governmental Organization
University of Canberra Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
University of Melbourne Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
University of New South Wales Sydney Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Family Planning NSW Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Non-Governmental Organization
Griffith University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
University of Tasmania Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
University of Wollongong Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
University of Sydney Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Envirotech Education Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Charles Sturt University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Victoria University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Institute of Health and Management Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Queensland University of Technology Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Plastic Oceans Australia Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Non-Governmental Organization
TAFE Queensland Robina Campus Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Murdoch University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Bond University Australia Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Institution-wide)
Pacific Center for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD), University of the South Pacific Fiji Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)
Pacific Community / Communaute du Pacifique (SPC) New Caledonia (France) Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Research Institution
University of Auckland New Zealand Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)
Massey University New Zealand Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)
Unitec Institute of Technology New Zealand Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)
Council for International Development New Zealand Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)
Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)
Auckland University of Technology New Zealand Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)
University of Canterbury New Zealand Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)
National University of Samoa Samoa Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)
National University of Vanuatu Vanuatu Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific University (Department/Institute)

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Team

John Thwaites

  • Professorial Fellow, Monash University; Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Climateworks Centre; and Chair, SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific
  • Monash University

Tahl Kestin

  • Network Manager
  • SDSN Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific

SDSN Focal Point

Nur Amirah binti Abdul Majid

  • Senior Manager, Asia Pacific Lead
  • Networks Program