Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Closed 19 Jan 2018

Opened 23 Nov 2017



We are seeking information on domestic and international initiatives that align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) and contribute to the health and wellbeing of our population, to inform the health related aspects of Australia’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) in 2018.

What information are we looking for?

We are interested in case studies or planned initiatives that align with the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promote health and wellbeing, in particular, the targets under Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. A suitable case study will preferably demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Operate across multiple layers of the health system or multiple levels of government
  • Serve high risk groups that ‘leave no one behind’. Those whose needs are reflected in the 2030 Agenda include all children, youth, persons with disabilities (of whom more than 80 per cent live in poverty), people living with HIV/AIDS, older persons, indigenous peoples, refugees and internally displaced persons and migrants (see paragraph 23, United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/1, Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development)
  • Address multiple SDG goals or targets

Who is best placed to respond?

The 2030 Agenda is an Agenda for all and responses are welcome from Australian organisations from a range of sectors and levels of jurisdiction – government, (local, state and federal), civil society, private sector and academia.   

How will this information be used?

Collectively, the information captured through this process will provide a snapshot of Australia’s progress on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. The case studies provided will inform the health related aspects of Australia’s VNR and may be published online through the Department of Health website. Please note, a sample of case studies may be presented in detail as part of the VNR.


The 2030 Agenda is a non-binding, universal roadmap for sustainable development, applying to both developed and developing countries.  It comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. 

Australia will present its first VNR on our progress towards the 2030 Agenda at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2018. This is a great opportunity to showcase Australia’s work to give effect to the 2030 Agenda, both domestically and internationally.

The Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Deparment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet are leading a coordinated, whole-of-government approach to the VNR. The Commonwealth Department of Health is responsible for reporting on SDG3 and will also contribute to other health related targets within the broader SDGs.

The attached fact sheet on provides background on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  For further information, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website


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  • Women
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  • Young people
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