National Sustainability Expert Appointed Global People's Fellow
Canberra-based sustainability expert, Caterina Sullivan, has been appointed as one of 45 Global People’s Fellows for the upcoming Global People’s Summit in September this year. The Global People’s Summit is a 100% online summit that democratises access to the conversations that shape the world during the United Nations General Assembly.
Ms Sullivan, who has been working on the achievement of the United Nations’ 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development for the past three years, expressed her excitement that Australia will be included in the global conversation.
“Australia is too often not engaged in these discussions about sustainability, and I am thrilled that we get to make our voice heard in this global agenda,” Ms Sullivan explained.
As one of the Fellows, Ms Sullivan will serve as a core impact-driver of the upcoming summit and actively shape global conversations in the lead up to and during the United Nations General Assembly.
“This will be my fourth consecutive General Assembly,” Ms Sullivan stated. “Every year, I attend with the aspiration to put what I learn at the United Nations into action in Australia. This year is no different.”
In 2015, the Australian Government committed to achieving the 17 Global Goals and their 169 targets by 2030. The Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is currently conducting an inquiry into the achievement of the goals in Australia and by Australia by 2030. Earlier this year, Ms Sullivan, on behalf of Strategic Sustainability Consultants, put forward a submission to the committee. It is her belief that information from the Global People’s Summit should be taken into consideration by the committee before the report is finalised on November 29 this year.