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The 2021 SDG Summit is pivoting online!

The two-day face-to-face event at the University of Canterbury is now a Virtual SDG Summit online on Thursday 2 September, with an online Climate Change Commission Panel featuring Dr Rod Carr and UC academics on Friday 3 September at 3-5pm. Both events are free. 

If you have registered for the in-person event, you must re-register to attend the Virtual Summit. Tickets for the original in-person event have been cancelled and refunds issued.

The first 500 tickets for the Virtual summit were snapped up in a  few days and we are now working on releasing more tickets. To join the waitlist please Register here now so you don’t miss out.

2021 Aotearoa Virtual SDG Summit ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’ 

Participants can choose from 10+ interactive online workshops, over two sessions, exploring collaborative action-planning, along with breakout sector-based kōrero, networking and short project showcases.

The SDG Declaration for Aotearoa will take shape during the summit, with participants contributing to the declaration and signing up to affirm their commitment to creating positive change.

Hon Nanaia Mahuta (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Manu), Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will deliver the opening address of the summit. The Office of the Auditor General will also report on the Government’s preparedness to implement the SDGs.

Built into the programme are carefully timed SDG3: Good Health and Wellbeing breaks. You can tune in at any point throughout the two days.

See the online programme details on our website here

Climate Change Targets Research Panel

All academic staff have been emailed about this research-focused online event on 3 September to join the conversation on how we can make a difference in solving the challenge of future climate change emission targets. 

Tickets for the Virtual SDG Summit include the Research Challenges in Meeting Future Climate Change Emissions Targets panel on Friday 3 September, 3pm – 5pm, with:

  • Climate Change Commission Chair Dr Rod Carr;
  • Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury and IPCC core writing team member for AR6 Bronwyn Hayward MNZM;
  • General manager transformation at Ngai Tahu Holdings Dean Fraser and
  • Professor of Geography at the University of Canterbury Simon Kingham

Or you can register separately for the Climate Change Targets Research panel here.

Free Tickets to SDG Summit for UC Staff!

The Sustainability Office is delighted to announce that tickets to the two-day Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit, 2-3 September, have been made available at no cost for UC staff! (If you have paid for a ticket, you will be reimbursed).

Join us to share your knowledge, discuss ideas with other sectors, take what you learn back to your department and contribute to collaborative action planning to driving change in Aotearoa.

What is the SDG Summit?

This event is the third face-to-face national Summit, intended to build momentum and drive change in Aotearoa towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the first time this is being held in Ōtautahi Christchurch, theming ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’.

Both days are an action packed programme of keynote speakers, interactive workshops, a community feast and field trips. Included in the programme are a wonderful dialogue between Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond (Auckland University) and our own Sacha McMeeking (Kāi Tahu) on the special place of the SDGs in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as an engaging session with Climate Change Commissioner Dr Rod Carr.

The focus for the two days is on interactively building action plans that will move our country forward along critical pathways. We’d love to have you there.

With the theme of ‘Collaborating for Systemic Change’, it is important that you are able to attend as much of the Summit experience as possible. This is to ensure we can create collaborative pathways for national and local action beyond the Summit. The most important pieces of the programme for staff to attend are the entirety of Day One, and the afternoon of Day Two. Both these slots are held at UC.

Please visit the event website here for more information and to view the full programme of incredible speakers, session leads and workshop facilitators.

When is it happening?

The Summit is taking place here at UC on 2-3 September!

How to get your free ticket

In order to access this opportunity, staff should first get approval in writing from their Head of Department or manager to attend for the full two days. This approval should be forwarded to sdgsummits@canterbury.ac.nz.

Once received, staff will be sent a registration code for their free registration. It is important that staff register using this code, for catering and seating allocation purposes. 

Community Feast

Instead of a traditional conference dinner, this Summit features a Community Feast, which is being held in the central city. We are working with mana whenua, local farmers, the chef school at Ara, food rescue organisations, community gardens, homelessness advocates and others to bring together an amazing event that touches on the SDGs No Poverty, Zero Hunger and Responsible Production and Consumption. This will weave in the themes of mahinga kai, food waste, food insecurity, and food resilience to create an event like no other.

The Community Feast will be held in the central city on the evening of September 2 (day one). Due to the special nature of this event, staff will need to register for the Community Feast separately, for a nominal fee of $5. Registration information for this event will be circulated shortly.

Project Showcase

Do you want to share your work on the SDGs with other participants at the Summit? We have session called the SDG Project Showcase on Day 2 (3 September, in the mid-afternoon) where participants can share ten slides in ten minutes about their SDG aligned projects, research, or mahi. If you would like to use this opportunity, you should register and send your slides to us by  Friday 13 August using this form here.

This Summit is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the partners Christchurch City Council, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch NZ, Tourism NZ, NZ National Commission for UNESCO, Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand, UC Centre for Entrepreneurship,  Humanitix and others.

Go Plastic Free this July!

Be part of the solution to plastic pollution

Plastic Free July is officially here! PFJ is a global movement that encourages, inspires, educates and supports millions of people around the world to choose to refuse single-use plastics for an entire month. Want to get involved?  The good news is, anyone can take part! The Plastic Free July website has heaps of ideas, tips and resources to help you get started. See here for the different types of plastics and situations where you can #choosetorefuse single-use (and other problematic) plastics, no matter where you are on your journey.

Keen to take part in Plastic Free July?

Here’s a few ways you can get involved at UC: UC Sustainability is running weekly online challenges for you to participate in, with epic prizes up for grabs each week. From low-waste recipes to bulk-bin buying, they want to see how you are showing your love for Papatūānuku and reducing plastics in your life.  We’ll be sharing some student ideas each week too! Keep an eye out on their Facebook and Instagram for the first weekly challenge coming on Friday 2 July (or check out this sneak peak for a head start!)    

 

Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku 

Matariki in Aotearoa is a time of rejuvenation and reset for both people and planet.  Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku encourages individuals, whānau and other groups from both Aotearoa and around the world to dedicate just one lunar cycle to our taiao (environment).

This year, this falls from June 25 – July 24 2021.

Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association is planning some activities to celebrate Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku, so keep an eye out on their social media for ways you can be involved!
 

EnviroPAST: Plastic and Sustainability Talks

EnviroPAST is a by-youth-for-youth conference held at UC on 16 – 17 July, with an aim to inspire, educate, connect, and challenge young people to make positive environmental change, with a focus on plastic pollution.

The 2021 programme draws inspiration from the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and seeks to break down the scientific basis of plastic pollution issues and solutions in ways that are relatable and engaging for students. The programme comprises five talks by experts in the field, four interactive workshops, and a beach clean-up and litter audit.

The organising team consists of four student volunteers: Zac Baker (UC),  E Wen Wong (UC), Emma Burton (Massey University), and William Wray (Burnside High School). Check out the details of this incredible student-led event here.

Are you taking part in Plastic Free July, either at home or at work? Send us an email, or be in touch over our social media channels so we can share and celebrate your mahi!  

Sustainable Living Workshops coming up

Come along and learn a new skill (or dust off an old one), reduce your food’s carbon footprint, and have some wholesome foodie fun in our upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops!

Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden) will be the host for three weekly lunch-hour workshops, focused on gaining and learning skills in the art of preserving, brewing and fermenting your own food.

These workshops will be free to attend and will be run by members of the community gardens community in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Space is limited for these workshops, so please email chloe.sutton@canterbury.ac.nz to reserve a spot.

For more details, please see the Facebook events for these workshops below:

Workshop #1: Preserving (organic beetroot chutney)

Workshop #2: Brewing (kombucha and vinegars)

Workshop #3: Fermenting (sauerkraut and kimchi)

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Collaborate for Change at the SDG Summit at UC – EOIs sought

Calling all activators, artists, academics, students, thinkers, community leaders and organisations!

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

We are now calling for Expressions of Interest from all those interested in leading a Kōrerorero (dialogue/conversation) and Action Space at the 2021 Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit at the University of Canterbury, September 2-3. The theme of this Summit is ‘Collaborating for Systemic Change’.

This SDG Summit event will predominantly be participant-led and with a strong focus on inclusion, engagement, action and innovation. With this in mind, we are looking for sessions that incorporate these values, for example (but not limited to), world cafes, fishbowl conversations, collaborative action planning and creative expressions.

The Summit event is held over two consecutive days (September 2-3) with the first day being a mixture of panel discussions, activations, workshops, activities and small-group discussions at the University of Canterbury Campus.

The second day is primarily field trips, with the opportunity for delegates to see examples of the SDGs in action around the Waitaha Canterbury region. The field trips will explore the SDGs in the City Centre, Lincoln, and the Banks Peninsula context.

We highly value inclusivity and diversity, and we welcome EOIs from a broad range of thinkers, actors, activators, provocateurs, artists and organisations.

Find the EOI form and more details here. Please note we do have a limited programme so there may not be scope to accept all EOIs. Submissions close on Friday 7 May.

Hui 2# videos

Missed our most recent online SDG Hui#2 ‘Be the Change’ last month? Check out the video recordings of the panels, workshops, lightning talks and creative moments, and get ready for the next online Hui#3: ‘Working Together for Change’ coming up on June 24.

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.