New Zealand is preparing its first report on progress towards the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The United Nations Development Programme states the SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The report, called a Voluntary National Review (VNR), will be presented to the UN in July 2019. It will address aspects of the 2030 Agenda that are most relevant to New Zealand and will capture our current initiatives and high level plans as a country and a global partner.  It provides a foundation upon which future reporting will build.

The government is implementing New Zealand’s SDG commitments through our efforts to build a more productive, sustainable, inclusive and future-ready economy that will lift the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.  And we are supporting the achievement of the SDGs in the Pacific and beyond.

Click here to read more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (external link)

Tell us what you are doing

Achieving the SDGs will require a whole of New Zealand effort. We know there is a great deal of work already underway, across all sectors. We want to capture it and celebrate it where we can. We want to build a fuller appreciation for what is being planned or done. So, please tell us your stories. We want to hear about your ideas and any actions you have put in place that will contribute to achieving the SDGs in New Zealand or overseas.

We may share some of your stories as case studies or exemplars at the presentation in New York, or as part of future reporting.

Your stories will help to inspire others

The SDGs are all about partnership, collaboration and inspiring others to do something too, or to change how they are doing something so that everyone improves.  It’s also about building a conversation around achieving the goals over the next 12 years.

Email us

Email your story to us at

Your stories should:

• be 400 words or under

• clearly explain:

o the project
o which SDG it links to
o the sectors involved
o the outcomes you’re seeking

• include your contact details - name, organisation and mobile number

We will contact you if we use your story in any way to highlight the work New Zealand is undertaking towards meeting the SDGs. We will also pass on your details to the appropriate lead agency for your SDG. Check back here in May 2019 for an update on progress.