Sustainable Development Goals

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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.


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 is playing a leading role in promoting, advocating for and implementing the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda in Australia 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.


Compass co-convened the first NUA Conference in the southern hemisphere with 240 delegates and 11 nations attending. This is a now a standing conference and you can become part of its practitioners' network. Just email us at


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

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