SUSTAINABILITY is more than just a buzz word to win the advertising dollar or to justify a business practice.
Sustainability is the way to the future for our planet.
The roadmap for Australia and indeed the world to follow was updated in 2015 when the 193 countries of the United Nations adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.
Each SDG has specific (stretch?) targets to be achieved by 2030. For these goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and you the readers of this article. The SDGs not only have a key goal of eradicating extreme poverty but also have a much wider agenda bringing balance to each country’s economic, social and environmental agendas.
In partnership with the University of Newcastle and the City of Newcastle, the United Nations has established an international training centre for disaster risk reduction led by Associate Professor Graham Brewer.
CIFAL Newcastle will also serve as UNITAR's base for capacity building in relation to sustainable development across the Pacific region.
Further to this the University has recently developed a range of post-graduate programs that offer specific training for the future knowledge and skills needed to achieve these SDGs by 2030.
The UN certified Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction and the Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development provide graduates with the knowledge to manage the DRR process across all sectors of society.
With every dollar spent on disaster resilience there is a saving of up to seven dollars in future economic losses, it’s not just good for the planet, but communities and businesses as well.
The Master of Environmental and Business Management, Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability and the Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation round out this suite of degree programs that provide professional development in the areas of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Newcastle Herald 5/6/17