The SDSN Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific fosters global SDSN activities within the region by focusing on three main areas: fostering cross-sectoral action to support SDG localization, mobilizing university-sector action on the SDGs, and supporting the activities of SDSN Youth in the region. It also supports regional contributions to global SDSN Solutions Initiatives.

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Hosted by: Monash Sustainable Development Institute


  • John Thwaites

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

SDSN Australia/Pacific pioneered SDSN’s SDG Localization Initiatives when it launched this first project in 2013. With the aim of framing the future goals in the local context, the initiative has helped stakeholders in the region understand, prepare, and respond to the SDGs and has been an inspiration to global SDSN localization activities.

To build on these localization efforts, the network launched the Universities and the SDGs Initiative, which aims to engage universities and demonstrate their crucial role in addressing the SDGs. To this end, the network led the development of the Guide for Universities Getting Started with SDGs, which highlights how universities can support SDG achievement through teaching, research, and operations. In addition, the network initiated the University Commitment to the SDGs, which commits universities to concrete actions, such as reducing food waste in dining halls or making sustainable development coursework a requirement for all students. Signatory universities also agree to report regularly on their progress.

On research, SDSN members ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian National University have led Australia’s participation in the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project (DDPP), charting practical pathways to reach zero net emissions in Australia by 2050. The DDPP Australia illustrated that Australia could reach net zero emissions by 2030 through technological transitions in key industries, but without major changes to the structure of the Australian economy.

The global SDSN Youth started as an SDSN Australia/Pacific initiative, and is still a focus for the network. Among its activities, it ran the first ever national Youth Summit on the SDGs in Australia.