THE SENATE INQUIRY
On 4 December 2017 the Senate, through its Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee, commenced an inquiry into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The Terms of Reference can be found here. 350 Canberra assisted 350 Australia to make a submission to this Inquiry.
Access the full text of our submission here:
The key messages in this submission are as follows:
We are heartened by the central pillars of ‘people and planet’ at the heart this global Agenda, and we urge the Australian Government to embrace the vision of the 2030 Agenda to which it has committed, alongside 193 other nations. This means addressing the key systemic drivers that cut across all goals – especially climate change.
We urge the Australian Government to implement a national roadmap to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to net zero as a matter of urgency. This goes beyond Australia’s commitments to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and puts us on a path that is entirely feasible for a nation that thrives on an abundance of renewable energy sources, creativity and determination.
Unfortunately, the Climate Change Performance Index has ranked Australia 57 out of 61 countries for our poor performance in reducing emissions.
We urge the Australian Government to commit to financing the Sustainable Development Goals. The Government must reverse the sharp cuts to our aid program, rebuild our contributions towards Overseas Development Assistance towards 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income, and make social and environmental justice and poverty alleviation the primary purpose of the aid program.