South Africa has made significant progress with some of the sustainable development goal targets. But with others its lagging far behind.
Many countries still don’t openly and comprehensively address sexual and reproductive health.
Australia's business-as-usual plan will not be enough to achieve our 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
There's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all plan for sustainable, healthy urban living. Urban diaries help identify what works – and doesn't work – for tropical cities like Cairns or Townsville.
The case of the start-up Phenix shows that the fight to reduce food waste requires a regulatory context that encourages innovation at the level of the business ecosystem.
But often these new 'forests' have only grown thanks to increased deforestation abroad.
It's important yet complicated to align national development plans with the SDGs. But it isn't impossible.
On World TB Day 2018, eradicating TB finally looks like a goal that could be met — if political leaders can step up with cash and actions to match their political declarations.
Refugee policy may well be a humanitarian issue. But it is also a development issue.
Local governance can have a real effect - positive or negative - on the quality of schooling.
For a public space to be seen as safe, welcoming and accessible, a diverse range of people need to actively use it. That's why any space-changing project needs to engage broadly with the community.
For healthcare to be accessible, affordable and equal, policies and programmes that promote universal health coverage need to be based on evidence.
Understanding where there are high numbers of new HIV infections is important to establishing whether interventions are working or not.
In cities dominated by globalised market forces, how can we achieve social equity and justice? For any sharing economy idea, we need to ask what will it do to fix the big problems confronting us all.
Linking policymakers with research relevant for implementing the SDGs is difficult. But building strong relationships between them and researchers is a good place to start.
Universities play a major role in procuring the human and intellectual resources needed for fulfilling the various goals of the UN's Agenda 2030.
What do China, India, South Africa and Mexico have in common? They all reduced the carbon intensity of their economies without sacrificing economic growth. Other developing nations can do the same.
New South Wales is the only state that has made meaningful progress on legislation and enforcement of standards capable of creating a sustainable built environment.
Leaving no-one behind is a catchphrase that seeks to ensure that all people benefit from the global development agenda set in the sustainable development goals.
Universities can contribute to the goals through education, research, innovation and leadership, but they need to get started now.