Welcome from Marjan van den Belt, Summit
Convenor, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) at
Victoria University of Wellington:
In 2015, the 17 SDGs were signed off by all governments in the
United Nations. Governments alone can't deliver on the SDGs. The
SDGs are an exciting opportunity for business, government, civil
society and the tertiary sector to align their purpose and provide
leadership on the delivery of Agenda 2030. It is critical that we
transform our world and develop sustainable well-being. This Summit
aims to start a cross-sectoral conversation to bring the SDGs home
to New Zealand.
As a capital city university, we are delighted to welcome
delegates to Victoria University of Wellington for the inaugural
Summit committed to placing the SDGs firmly on New Zealand's
This Summit has two aims. First, to inform and excite leadership
across sectors by displaying international and national examples of
government, business, civil society and academia using and
measuring progress on the SDGs. Second, we must act quickly and
develop cross-sectoral partnerships and collaborations for concrete
actions to deliver on the 17 goals. This New Zealand Summit
embodies Goal 17 - Partnerships for the Goals.
The SDGs are everybody's responsibility!
The cross-sectoral steering team is planning an exciting day on
23 April 2018 at Victoria University with leading thinkers,
practical examples and structured opportunities for networking and
building momentum behind action.
When you sign up for the Summit, you will be presented with the
opportunity to propose and develop ideas for discussion topics at
the 'action stations' at the Summit. If you arrive with great
ideas, the audience will be set up to give instant feedback via an
app. The best idea will be recognized and revisited at the next SDG
Summit in Auckland in 2019.
I look forward to welcoming you into this growing community of
cross-sectorial partnerships for the SDGs. Let's work together to
deliver Agenda 2030!
Find our more about the summit here.