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CREATE YOUR PATHWAY FOR ACTION

How can we collaborate for systemic change, and together, develop clear pathways for urgent action?

Be a part of the next steps in the Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit Series journey, and discover some of the answers with us!

Online SDG Hui #3: Working Together for Change, Thursday 24 June

 

Online SDG Hui #3 is focused towards “working together for change” and by bringing together experts from academia, community organisations, business and government agencies, aims to investigate opportunities for action across different sectors.

Two incredible UC academics, Professor Steven Ratuva (Director, Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies) and Professor Bronwyn Hayward, will be facilitating conversations on ‘Aotearoa, the Pacific and the SDGs’ and ‘Intergenerational Conversations’ respectively. Through these panel sessions, participants will have space to dive deeply into topics of justice, power, climate, communities and young people and will unpack the importance of participatory, inclusive decision making across all levels.

 

Join the kōrero on Thursday 24 June from 7pm – 9pm, online via Zoom. Tickets are just $5 for Youth and $10 for General. Ticketing and more details are available here.

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Hui #3 also features a concurrent interactive workshop stream: ‘Future Fit Business: a tool for Organisations’, exploring how organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand can credibly measure their sustainability and contribution to the SDGs using the Future Fit Business Benchmark. This workshop is co-hosted by Sally Wilkins, a sustainability consultant at Proxima Consulting (an accredited Future Fit Partner since 2019) and Roger Robson-Williams, Chief Sustainability Officer at Plant and Food Research (an early adopter of the Benchmark in Aotearoa).

Book here for Online Hui 3#, Working Together for Change, on 24 June, 7pm – 9pm.

The Aotearoa New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals Summit, 2-3 September, University of Canterbury, Ōtautahi Christchurch

 

With workshops, world cafes, panel sessions, kōrerorero, creative stations, activations and small group discussions, plus field trips and a community-style feast, the 2021 Aotearoa SDG Summit ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’ focuses on connecting, learning, collaborating, and taking real action on the 17 SDGs.

Held across two days and based from the University of Canterbury campus, this is a Summit event like no other!

 See here for ticketing and more details. Early Bird tickets are now available, and all tickets purchased before 24 June receive free access to Online Hui #3!

The 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals Summit series is co-hosted by UC and Lincoln University, with mana whenua Ngāi Tuahuriri, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. The Series is supported by Tourism New Zealand, Te Pokai Tara – Universities New Zealand, ChristchurchNZ,  New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Seeds Podcast and UC Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Stay connected with the Aotearoa SDG Summit Series via their website, FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and by signing up to the mailing list here.

 

Work Together for the Sustainable Development Goals

Tickets for online SDG Hui #3: Working Together for Change are LIVE!

Interested in hearing a panel discussion focussed on Intergenerational Conversations and Justice? What about one led by youth leaders and the Children’s Commission, and chaired by Professor Bronwyn Hayward?

Or, how about learning about Aotearoa New Zealand’s place in the Pacific, and pathways for change with a panel chaired by Professor Steven Ratuva? 

Then mark your calendars: Online SDG Hui #3 ‘Working Together for Change’ is coming up on Thursday 24 June, 7pm – 9pm!

This final online hui in the 2020-2021 Summit Series will build on kōrero from Hui#1 and Hui#2, and will be two hours of incredible panel discussions, an interactive workshop stream and a creative moment. This hui aims to inspire thinking and action on creating meaningful, inclusive, participatory and collaborative partnerships for change.

Tickets are just $5 – $10. Get yours here now and be a part of Aotearoa’s SDG journey!

In honour of Sāmoan Language Week, we wanted to share with you  the incredible Daisy Lavea-Timo’s slam poetry magic from online SDG Hui #2 ‘Be the Change’  back in March.

The 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Building on two previous SDG Summits, the 2020-2021 Series is here to take people on a journey from an individual understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to collective action, under an overall theme of ‘Pathways to (Urgent) Action’.

For more information on the 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series, check out the website, sign up to the mailing list, see the Youtube channel and follow their mahi on social media.

Get excited – the Aotearoa SDG Summit is coming to UC!

Would you like to be a part of a two-day Summit event, focussed on connecting, learning, collaborating, and taking real action on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Then get your diary out and save the date – because the SDG Summit is coming to UC this September!

The SDG Summit event will be held over two consecutive days (September 2 – 3) in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Far from your ‘usual’ conference event, on the first day you can expect a mixture of panel discussions and interactive participant-led activations on our UC campus. Think workshops, activities, creative stations and small group discussions, all focussed around collaboration for the SDGs!

This first day will be followed by a community feast in the City Centre.

The second day will be primarily field trips, with the opportunity for Summit attendees to see examples of the SDGs in action around the Waitaha Canterbury region – Lincoln, Banks Peninsula and the City Centre.

Are you excited yet? Tickets and more details will be released in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out on here, and on the SDG Summit Series social media channels.

Can’t wait ’til September?

Save the date for June 24, where the third (and final) online hui in the Summit Series will be taking place.  Ticketing will be released at the same time as the September Summit tickets, so keep an eye out and grab a deal on attending both SDG events!

Missed our previous two online SDG hui? You can get up to speed and check out all the session and workshop recordings here – like the one below from Hui #2, with Sacha McMeeking (Kāi Tahu), Head of School, Aotahi – School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, on Te Tiriti and the SDGs.

The 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Building on two previous SDG Summits, the 2020-2021 Series is here to take people on a journey from an individual understanding of the SDGs to collective action, under an overall theme of ‘Pathways to (Urgent) Action’.

For more information on the 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series, check out the website, sign up to the mailing list, and follow their mahi on social media.

 

Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort – an invitation to participate

The VC has received the following invitation from the Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and encourages UC staff to participate.

“In the lead up to COP26, the ACU has partnered with the British Council to launch the Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort – a platform for local researchers to bring multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise to a global stage, build international collaborations, and work with experts to influence on issues related to climate and environment in their communities and beyond.

We are seeking 24 rising-star climate and environment researchers to form the cohort, and as an ACU Council member, I’d like to ask you to share this opportunity with your network and recommend outstanding research talents to apply.

We are especially keen that experienced researchers from the Commonwealth’s most climate-vulnerable regions take part in this opportunity to advocate on behalf of local concerns.

 Benefits of the cohort

ACU members involved in the cohort will have opportunities to enhance the contribution of their researchers to the SDGs and access a platform for partnership development on climate-related issues (i.e. via the ACU’s Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network), resulting in potential new research collaborations.

Throughout 2021, successful applicants will benefit from funded attendance at COP26 in Glasgow (travel restrictions permitting), attend expert-led training to strengthen leadership skills, engage with climate change policy dialogues, connect with other bright minds in the field, and complete a peer-led research-to-action project with seed funding.”

Seeing the Change for the SDGs in Aotearoa

The first online hui of the Aotearoa/NZ Sustainable Development Goals Summit Series was held last month, attracting virtual participants and a group of inspiring speakers, who sparked conversations and connections across Aotearoa.

Co-hosted by UC and Lincoln University, the 2020-2021 SDG Summit Series focuses on how Aotearoa can implement and take action on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The series is designed to take people on a journey; from an individual understanding of the Global Goals to how to take collective and urgent action to achieve them. This journey will take place through a series of online events and a final in-person Summit event to be held in September 2021.

Last month’s online hui was themed ‘See the Change’ and was designed to help participants gain a solid foundation and a better understanding of the SDGs. It was also an opportunity to hear from inspiring people in our communities, through lightning talks and a panel Q&A. The event was MC’d by Corban Te Aika, Kaiārahi, and the incredible speakers included;

  • 14-year-old climate activist and singer/songwriter Lucy Gray (coordinator of the Christchurch School Strike for Climate)
  • Ngāi Tahu student Tāmati Cunningham (Cashmere High School student leader and manawhenua representative for Environment Canterbury’s Youth Rōpu)
  • Raewyn Jones (WEL Energy Trust Chief Executive and Waikato Wellbeing Project Co-Chair)
  • Dr Pedram Pirnia (Special Advisor for Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Association of New Zealand).

See Raewyn Jones speak to the collective impact happening within her community as part of her work as Co-Chair of the Waikato Wellbeing Project, below:

Following a beautiful musical performance by Lucy, the hui finished with participants breaking out into two practical and interactive workshop streams, one aimed at those new to the SDGs and one for those wishing to take them to the next level through creativity and visual story-telling.

See the entire first half of Hui#1: See the Change here:

Interested in being part of the journey with us?

The second online hui, ‘Be the Change’ is scheduled for 25 March 2021, and the third online hui, ‘Working Together for Change’ will be held on 24 June 2021.

The third and final summit will be a face-to-face event on 2-3 September 2021, with day one being held at UC. The theme of the third Summit will be ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’ with day two featuring field trips to experience SDGs in action in and around Waitaha Canterbury.

More information on these events and how you can participate are coming soon.

What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The 17 SDGs are the world’s best plan for achieving a better future for all. In September 2015, the leaders of all 193 UN member states (including Aotearoa New Zealand) adopted Agenda 2030, a universal agenda that contains the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Over the next ten years, countries will mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring no one is left behind.

New Zealand’s eight universities have unanimously resolved to work together and with other sectors – specifically central and local government, civil society, the private sector and youth – to show leadership in the implementation of the SDGs at a national level.

This includes a commitment to hosting a series of national summits that aim to promote, build and accelerate multi-sector action to implement the SDGs in New Zealand.

The 2020-2021 SDG Summit Series is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. This event and the ones to follow are organised with Ngāi Tuahuririri and Ngāi Tahu, as well as Pasifika communities, and involved support from the Ara Institute of Technology and the Christchurch City Council. Supporting partners also included ChristchurchNZ, SEEDS Podcast, Tourism NZ and the New Zealand National Commission for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Stay connected with the Aotearoa SDG Summit Series via their website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and by signing up to the mailing list here.