The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 globally recognised ambitions to progress sustainable development and track performance.

A central pillar of the SDGs is to ‘leave no one behind’ through global support to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The City of Melbourne has taken the lead and is the first Council in Australia to conduct a SDG Voluntary Local Review (VLR) on the city’s progress towards the Goals. The SDGs are a guiding framework for Council to ensure our initiatives achieve holistic sustainable development. We extend an open invitation to all stakeholders, including industry, businesses, service providers, community organizations, fellow local government agencies, residents, and students, to actively engage in collaborative efforts aimed at achieving the SDGs and creating a brighter future for all.

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Sustainable Development Goals and targets at a glance

Click on the dots for an overview of City of Melbourne's targets for each goal.

Figure showing coloured icon for each of the 16 Sustainable Development Goals

Read the accessible target summary or if you'd like to see the full range of targets, check out the Voluntary Local Review.

Let's dive deeper

City of Melbourne's Sustainable Development Goal journey

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee – endorsement of City of Melbourne’s draft Voluntary Local Review (VLR) sought

    15 March 2022

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Community consultation

    16 March to 20 April 2022

    Read the consultation summary

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee - Participate Melbourne insights provided, final VLR endorsed

    14 June 2022

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    City of Melbourne’s first VLR shared internationally to the United Nations High Level Political Forum

  • Timeline item 5 - active

    Embedded SDGs in Council business and operations, and supporting our community and stakeholders to take action towards the goals



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