The State and Benefit framework for SoE 2018 was tabled in Parliament in December 2015 and committed to aligning SoE 2018 with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs took effect on 1 January 2016 and recognise that the extent and condition of our ecosystem assets provide many social, cultural and economic benefits. The 17 SDGs provide a comprehensive and integrated framework of 169 targets and 230 indicators to support planning and reporting through to 2030. They provide business, government and civil society with a compelling framework for future growth that aims to be socially fair, environmentally sustainable and economically prosperous.

There are four critical aspects of the SDG framework that are relevant to SoE reporting. The SDGs provide:

  1. a pre-prosecuted framework for reporting across complex and disparate areas of social, economic and environmental policy
  2. a framework that is internationally agreed and widely supported
  3. a common language for measuring progress against goals and targets
  4. broad support from across business, government and community.

Many countries, businesses and stakeholder organisations are taking up the challenge of the SDGs, with initial efforts including a range of evidence-based assessments.

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