UNESCO workshop targets Singleton in international collaboration for sustainability

UNESCO workshop targets Singleton in international collaboration for sustainability

Singleton was chosen as one of only two Australian cities to host an iCities Workshop: Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) towards transformative action in a two-day international collaboration.

The workshop was co-led by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Chair for Intermediate Cities, Singleton Council and the University of Newcastle.

Seventeen SDGs are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all United Nations Member States in an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership.

The workshop, held at the new Singleton Arts + Cultural Centre, focuses on SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 13 – Climate Action, drawing on the experience of Council staff, Councillors, government agencies, academics and community members to collectively verify how Singleton’s strategic plans meet the SDGs, and propose future planning and projects to deliver sustainable outcomes.

Singleton Council Director Infrastructure and Planning, Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said the workshop has been a fantastic opportunity to showcase Council’s Sustainability Strategy and actions to the local, regional and international community, reflect on the sustainability journey and plan for a sustainable future.

“From our Community Strategic Plan to on-the-ground programs to assist our community in sustainable living practices, sustainability is embedded in everything we do, and we’ve made significant achievements in this space,” Justin said.

“Having said that, the workshop will provide a detailed and in-depth analysis of how effective Council has been in incorporating and planning for a sustainable future, and provide key insights and opportunities to bridge identified gaps.

“The opportunity to analyse our natural, cultural and built environment as well as how we plan for and implement infrastructure development against the SDGs is one that Singleton could not pass up and I look forward to how we can incorporate the learnings from this workshop for the benefit of our community now and into the future.”

IMAGE | Participants in action at the iCities workshop at Singleton Arts + Cultural Centre.

Singleton Council

Founded on agriculture, driven by coal and sustained by the Hunter River, Singleton holds an important place in NSW. From its unique beginnings as a significant Aboriginal then European settlement, Singleton has developed into the economic beating heart of the state and a centre of industry, heritage and community.

Flanked by farm land, wineries and framed by the Wollemi and Yengo National parks, the Singleton local government area embodies a warm welcome that is only found in regional Australia.

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