Expert Support

Each participating school is supported by a University Liaison for Research, Development and Specialist Expertise in sustainability for their regional universities; Business Planning and Management through a regional consultant contact; and the UN Sustainable Development Goals through a regional United Nations Youth contact.

Role of Regional Universities

Key support from each regional university is the University Liaison to connect with your high school.

We would like this person to visit the school in the March timeframe, and talk about what the University is doing in the sustainability space, and how students can link in and find out more information if required. We expect this to take about 1 hour, and hopefully, will support the University’s community liaison program as well.  A Project Team member can join in for this session and be available to take overall questions on the program from students and teachers. Our project office team will be in touch to assist with the logistics.

Business Management: A business management person, who can assist the students translate their 4 Key Priorities into a simple Business Planning Framework: ie Vision, Objectives, Strategies, Actions (Who, Where, When), Measures and Current Status. These will be compiled into the regional (EcoZone) plan, and then integrated into the national plan. We are also welcoming the business management team from each University to link in with the Discovery Phase of the program if this is useful.

Universities Sustainability Consortium: Finally, we are looking to link up each of the Universities who are supporting the program across the country, into a Sustainability Consortium. This will enable an even better exchange of ideas and learning.

Who are the key program advisor organisations? Questacon, Future Earth Australia, Foundation for Young Australians, Inspiring Australia, Australian National University (ANU), The Frank Fenner Foundation, University of New South Wales (UNSW), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), James Cook University (JCU), Curtin University, UN Information Centre (UNIC) Canberra and the OnePlanet Partnership.

How will the program move from the Australian and the international pilot? The program and website have been developed to be replicated and scalable beyond Australia, facilitating potential adoption by any interested school in any country. The outcome over an initial three-year trial period is now a model that can lead to a global Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet, to help achieve the successful delivery of the UN SDGs to 2030 and global sustainable development to 2050.

The program is focused on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals but smaller groups can also work with UN SDG Focus Areas as appropriate. For further details call the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Program Project Office contact information number.

Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet

Global Sustainability AgendaUnited Nations
Sustainable Development Goals
PeopleNo Poverty (1)
Zero Hunger (2)
Clean Water and Sanitation (6)
Good Health and Wellbeing (3)
Quality Education (4)
Gender Equality (5)
Reduced Inequalities (10)
ProsperityDecent Work and Economic Growth (8)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9)
Responsible Consumption & Production (12)
Sustainable Cities and Communities (11)
PlanetAffordable and Clean Energy (7)
Climate Action (13)
Life below Water (14)
Life on Land (15)
PeacePeace, Justice and Strong Institutions (16)
 PartnershipPartnerships for the Goals (17)

The program is supported by this dedicated Plan for the Planet website which will be linked into each university and provide the relevant single point of contact.

Role of Regional Consultants

Regional consultants are selected for the program based on their background in the key business support areas – business planning and management, leadership and teamwork – as well as their interest and passion for local, regional and global sustainability.

How do regional consultants operate within the program?

Each regional consultant will coordinate identification and access to expertise to support the development and integration of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals into the regional EcoZone and National Plans.


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