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Collaboration to support Sustainable Development Goals for Melbourne

The Connected Cities Lab will collaborate with several branches across council to support the city’s planning and use data and evidence as the foundation for priority and planning.

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The City of Melbourne aims to be a leader in the application of practical data-driven analysis
The City of Melbourne aims to be a leader in the application of practical data-driven analysis

The City of Melbourne and University of Melbourne’s Connected Cities Lab have announced a partnership to implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The 17 goals will be used to review and benchmark the way the city is addressing global challenges including poverty, climate change, clean energy, sustainable buildings, economic development, and water use.

 

Melbourne’s global profile

 

The Connected Cities Lab will collaborate with several branches across council to support the city’s planning, use data and evidence as the foundation for priority and planning, and to help strengthen Melbourne’s global profile.

 

“Embracing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals means making Melbourne a better place to live and work. The goals will help guide our planning and measure our success, by providing a benchmark for comparison with other leading cities around the world,” said Justin Hanney, CEO, City of Melbourne.

 

“The goals will help guide our thinking when we invest in services such as recycling, renewable energy, open space, cycling lanes, water conservation and planting trees and will ultimately benefit our city.”

 

He continued: “We are proud to partner with the University of Melbourne to leverage our connection to leading cities around the globe and contribute to the growing body of knowledge in localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

 

Engagement with key stakeholder groups, businesses and the community will also build awareness of and engagement with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The global framework around the SDGs was endorsed by all 193 member states of the United Nations.

“The goals will help guide our thinking when we invest in services such as recycling, renewable energy, open space, cycling lanes, water conservation and planting trees and will ultimately benefit our city”

The project will highlight best practice ways where major global cities are leveraging the SDGs in recovery efforts, like New York, Barcelona and Los Angeles. Melbourne will also be linked with other cities across the Asia Pacific region which are also using the goals.

 

Professor Michele Acuto, director of the Connected Cities Lab, added: “This sets the City of Melbourne as a leader internationally in sustainable urban development, not only in the implementation of global goals, but also in the application of practical data-driven analysis to next generation urban planning and in the integration of the SDGs at the heart of city governance.”

 

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