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Seizing the opportunity for the community sector

ronjaievers-headshot1Ronja Ievers

Pou Takawaenga – External Relations Coordinator | Hui E! Community Aotearoa

We do know that better supporting our people who are disadvantaged; remedy inequality; ensuring every Kiwi has a home that is affordable, safe and warm, and protecting our environment are among the major areas of concern to New Zealand’s community sector.

These also play a significant part of the sustainable development goals under review at the UN High Level Political Forum next year under the theme Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, and during which the NZ government will present its own national review of these priorities for the first time. Goals under review next year are Goals 4 (quality education), 8 (sustainable economic growth), 10 (reducing inequality), 13 (taking urgent climate action), 16 (peaceful and inclusive societies), and 17 (strengthen means of implementation and partnerships). New Zealand along with the rest of world committed in 2015 to mobilising efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The national review is an important part of the mechanism to ensure we stay on track to meeting these commitments.

For us here in Aotearoa New Zealand, the review of the agenda and the goals is an important opportunity for wide engagement at national level, that is purposeful, inclusive, transformative and proactive. We need to have an honest conversation between sectors about the successes, challenges and lessons learned, ensure a collective effort to the process and tell the stories of those left behind. We need to not only localise but socialise the SDGs for New Zealand. These were also some of the key messages raised during the subregional preparatory meeting for the Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development I was able to attend last month. Also, one of the regional review mechanisms for the Pacific is the Pacific Roadmap for Sustainable Development, which identifies 132 indicators that are specific to the Pacific, and rests on the principles of leadership, ownership, inclusivity, alignment, harmonisation and transparency, and mutual accountability. Hui E! will continue to engage in these processes to ensure our contributions are valuable and relevant for the wider community sector.

You can also read a brief summary of key messages from the 2018 VNRs presented to the UN here.

 

This blog has been contributed by a member of the ComVoices network. The views presented here are not necessarily those of ComVoices.

ComVoices is a Wellington based network of national community and voluntary sector organisations. It was established so that sector organisations would have a more powerful voice at Government level and in the community.

Click here for our websitehttp://comvoices.org.nz/