Each school will be 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 will be the University Liaison to connect with the 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 exchange ideas and learning from the pilot stage in Australia, ready for expansion to other countries interested in the program – including Japan, Fiji, Costa Rica, Finland and USA.
Who are the key program advisor organisations? Questacon, Future Earth Australia, Foundation for Young Australians, Inspiring Australia, Australian National University (ANU), Fenner Foundation, University of New South Wales (UNSW), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), James Cook University (JCU), UN Information Centre (UNIC) Canberra and the OnePlanet Partnership.
How will the program move beyond the pilot? The program and website have been developed to be replicated and scalable beyond Australia, facilitating potential adoption by other countries. The potential outcome over a three-year period is a global Plan for the Planet to 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 12 Student Focus Areas as shown below. For further details call the Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet Program Project Office contact information number.
Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet
|Global Sustainability Agenda||United Nations|
Sustainable Development Goals
|Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet: Student Focus Areas (and associated United Nations SDG’s)|
|People||No Poverty (1)||Poverty|
• No Poverty
|Zero Hunger (2)|
Clean Water and Sanitation (6)
|Water & Food Security|
• Zero Hunger
• Clean Water and Sanitation
|Good Health and Wellbeing (3)||Global Health|
• Good Health and Wellbeing
|Quality Education (4)||Global Education|
• Quality Education
|Gender Equality (5)|
Reduced Inequalities (10)
• Gender Equality
• Reduced Inequalities
|Prosperity||Decent Work and Economic Growth (8)|
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9)
Responsible Consumption & Production (12)
| Economic Sustainability|
• Decent Work and Economic Growth
• Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
• Responsible Consumption & Production
|Sustainable Cities and Communities (11)||Sustainable Cities and Communities|
• Sustainable Cities and Communities
|Planet||Affordable and Clean Energy (7)||Energy|
• Affordable and Clean Energy
|Climate Action (13)||Climate Action|
• Climate Action
|Life below Water (14)|
Life on Land (15)
• Life below Water
• Life on Land
|Peace||Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (16)|| Peace|
• Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
|Partnership||Partnerships for the Goals (17)||Partnerships|
• Partnerships for the Goals
• Partnerships for the Student Focus Areas
The program will be supported by a 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 will be selected for the program following the launch event on 12 August 2016 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 will the 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.
The program will be supported by a dedicated Plan for the Planet website which will be linked into each regional consultancy practice, and provide the relevant single point of contact.