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Environmental sustainability and social justice

The United Nations has achieved ground-breaking agreements in recent years which, if implemented, will move the world to greater environmental sustainability and greater social justice.

The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 193 countries adopted the SDGs, a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

The 2016 New Urban Agenda (NUA) The NUA was signed by 167 nations and sets a new global standard for how we plan, manage and live in cities.

The two critical problems of our age are the challenge of climate change and the widening gap between rich and poor. The SDGs and the NUA focus nations on addressing these problems in a coordinated way and promote the power of local action to create positive change. The two agreements are closely connected, with the NUA seen as the delivery vehicle for the SDGs in urban settlements.


Linking the SDGs and the NUA

Compass recognised that integrating the two approaches is essential and has undertaken a mapping exercise that demonstrates the alignment of the individual SDGs with the commitments made in the NUA.

Explore how each of the 17 goals align with the NUA commitments.

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We the People - The Global Goals

By 2030, almost 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Many challenges exist to maintain cities in a way that, continues to create housing and prosperity, while not straining land and resources.
With 17 SDGs addressing climate change, poverty eradication and environmental protection, the agenda is already creating action globally amongst a community of practitioners. All levels of government, the business community, not-for-profit and social organisations and ordinary citizens can be involved in the achievement of the objectives of these programs.

The below video defines each of the 17 Goals and features Ashton Kutcher, Bill and Melinda Gates, UNHCR supporter Cate Blanchett, UN Messengers of Peace Charlize Theron and Stevie Wonder, Chris Martin, Colin Firth, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Kate Winslet, Malala Yousafzai, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, One Direction, Pink, Richard Branson, Robert Pattinson, Robert Redford, Stephen Hawking, just to name a few.


Compass' Role

Compass’ commitment to social, environmental and economic sustainability is evident in the way we do business and in our leadership in advocating the implementation of the United Nations New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals, locally, nationally and internationally.

Within our organisation we are aligning our policies and programs to the objectives of both the SDGs and the NUA. We are pursuing ambitious environmental and social justice objectives through advocacy and program delivery to tenants and their communities.

In 2017 Compass led an Australia wide collaboration to hold the first NUA related event in the southern hemisphere. The inaugural New Urban Agenda Conference was held in Melbourne and successfully delivered a program exploring the local implementation and challenges we face in delivering on the New Urban Agenda. Over 24 delegates from 11 nations attended the two day event.

Compass then facilitated a New South Wales focused NUA implementation forum in Sydney in May 2018.

A second international conference was convened by Compass in Newcastle in November 2018 in partnership with the Eastern Regional Organization for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH) as their 26th World Congress.

These events have evolved into a standing conference and you can become part of its practitioners' network. Just email us at NUAConference@compasshousing.org


The Deep Place Method

The Deep Place method identifies the uniqueness and key challenges faced at national, regional, city, town or neighbourhood level and creates an Action Plan to achieve the SDGs and the NUA. The Deep Place method comes from the viewpoint that the greatest asset of any place is its people. Connecting people and place is the starting point to create liveable and inclusive places.

Compass is developing its use throughout Australasia and the Pacific region and would like as many people to join this international movement as summed up in the UN Charter of Human Rights as ‘ We the People’.

We all have a role to play as individuals and in our organisations. Join Compass on this journey. For more information contact Professor Dave Adamson, OBE at DavidA@compasshousing.org

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