07 Australia and the UN's SDGs: are we on track? Questions & Answers


Recorded 29 June 2021

The World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development was proclaimed by UNESCO at its 40th General Conference in 2019. It has been celebrated worldwide on the 4th of March of each year since 2020.

In 2021 Engineers Australia held a webinar in celebration of this day where Prof. John Thwaites AM presented on the topic ‘Australia and the UN's SDGs: are we on track?’.

Many excellent questions were asked during this webinar and not all of them were able to be answered.

In this recording, Kimberly White from Engineers Australia asks Prof. John Thwaites these questions and more.

Prof. John Thwaites AM

John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, ClimateWorks Australia and BehaviourWorks Australia. He is Chair of Melbourne Water and a Director of Fair Trade Australia New Zealand and of the National Sustainable Development Council, which has developed the Transforming Australia: SDGs Progress Report 2018. He is also a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (“SDSN”) launched by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to provide expert advice and support to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

John is the only Australian appointed to The Lancet Covid-19 Commission. He has also been appointed to a number of government reviews and committee including the Victorian Government's Independent Review of the Retail Energy Market and as Co-Chair of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce.

John Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007, prior to being elected to Parliament, he was a barrister and Mayor of South Melbourne.