Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Sustainable development for New Zealand

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — adopted in 2015 — presents a framework for sustainable development with 17 Goals to reduce poverty and improve well-being by addressing the interconnected social, environment, and economic causes.

As New Zealand seeks to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we work with public sector, private sector, and civil society to understand sustainable development and implement pathways to achieve the SDGs.

We are currently engaged in projects involving the Sustainable Development Goals:

  • We are surveying NZ businesses to understand current sustainability activities, understand current actions related to the SDGs, identify areas of opportunities for partnerships / collaborations, and identify any needs or support that businesses may need to be more sustainable.
  • We are leading a think-piece under the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (NSC) to see where the NSCs might be able to contribute now and in the future to New Zealand meeting its obligations under the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

What are the sustainable development goals?

Source: General Assembly resolution 70/1, Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/70/1 (25 September 2015), available from