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How should Australia respond to the SDGs for WASH?

International WaterCentre (IWC) staff have contributed to the latest UQ Global Change Institute discussion paper on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and Australia’s response ahead of a UN High Level meeting in New York next week.
How should Australia respond to the SDGs for WASH?

UQ Global Change Institute release discussion paper on Australia's policy response to the SDGs

IWC CEO Mark Pascoe and Research Fellow/IWC Lecturer Dr Dani Barrington have co-authored a discussion paper by the UQ Global Change Institute launched this week at the  UQ Water Forum in Brisbane. Titled “The UN Sustainable Development Goals for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: How Should Australia Respond Within and Beyond Its borders?” the paper explores the policy challenges of the new UN ‘home-and-region’ perspective of implementing the SDGs ahead of a high level political forum in July, which Australia’s Prime Minister is expected to attend.

The policy challenge

Australia is one of the 193 UN member countries that formally agreed to the SDGs. Australia has outlined its commitment to the SDGs through its foreign development aid and other support, but has not clarified its intended domestic implementation of the SDGs. This new UN ‘home-and-region’ perspective requires consideration of policy implementation questions as to how Australia should address the water-related aspects of the SDGs to deliver equity and wellbeing both within its own borders and through assisting nearby neighbours.

The recommended strategic option for Australia to support the attainment of the SDGs both domestically and within the Asia Pacific region is through integrated thinking and delivery using a systems approach to problem-solving. This allows SDG targets to be identified that contribute to multiple goals, and prioritises these critical targets to increase the impact and feasibility of achieving the SDGs.

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