SDG Summit 2019


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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide an agenda for transforming the world to meet the challenges of ending poverty, enhancing social inclusion, environmental sustainability, peace, good governance and economic prosperity for all countries and peoples. The organising committee are pleased to invite you to join this national, multi-sector Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals – together we are accepting the challenge for our sphere of influence in New Zealand.  

The need for urgency and greater action to progress sustainable development are recognised in the 2019 Summit’s theme of Accelerated action, together.

The purpose of the Summit is to bring together people from all sectors to develop and commit to positive action and accountability on the critical SDGs within our broader spheres of influence. We will do this by providing a platform for recognising, sharing and combining knowledge and skills, and seeking to weave together many threads of accelerated action through preparatory work, keynote addresses, panel discussion and action planning.

The Summit outcomes will be:

  • Participants with increased knowledge, skills and tools to act and influence;
  • Enhanced commitment and momentum for accelerated action, together beyond the Summit;
  • Expansion of key partnerships to deliver accelerated action, and
  • An electronic record of the keynote addresses and panel discussions, and the accelerated action plans developed and agreed to within the summit and contributed to by all those who join in.

Welcome to Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s gateway and economic hub and the university venue occupies a prominent position in the heart of the city. With a population of 1.5 million it is easy to get around and its global reputation as the “City of Sails” means you’re never far from a summer’s day at the beach.

Enjoy a ferry ride from downtown to one of the many islands in the Hauraki Gulf, offering bushwalking, rural escapes, arts, sun, sand, and even wineries. Auckland’s cosmopolitan urban culture has exploded in the past decade, with redevelopment of the Wynyard Quarter, Viaduct Harbour and Britomart precincts that offer harbourfront dining and nightlife.

Experience New Zealand’s cultural history at the nearby Auckland Museum and during the pōwhiri. Head to the fringes of the city to Piha, Karekare, Muriwai and Bethells beaches – some of the best in all of New Zealand.

Book your Stay

We have a great selection of central accommodation options for you to choose from. Let us take the hassle out of organising your stay while in Auckland.