Asia Pacific EconomicCooperation  – APEC 

APEC is a regional economic forum established to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific

Association of Southeast Asian Nations – ASEAN

ASEAN is a regional grouping that promotes economic, political and security cooperation among its 10 members.

Australia and the Sustainable Development Goals

Australia actively participated in the UN global discussions to design the 2030 Agenda and supported the involvement of all development actors, including civil society organisations, the private sector, philanthropic organisations and academia.

Commonwealth Heads of Government – CHOGM

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign States that are supported by a network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations.

Free Trade Alliances and Free Trade Agreements – FTAs

Trade alliances are when two or more nations agree on the terms of trade between them.  Free trade agreements (FTAs) are treaties between two or more countries that benefit Australian importers, exporters, producers and investors by reducing and eliminating certain barriers to international trade and investment

Group of Twenty  – G20

The Group of Twenty  Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was established to bring together industrialised and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy and is an effective decision-making body. Now, each year a multi-lateral forum of G20 Leaders (Prime Ministers, Presidents) and Ministers (Agriculture, Employment, Health, Trade, etc.) meet to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy.

High Level Political Forum  – HLPF     

The HLPF is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at global level.The Forum meets annually under the auspices of ECOSOC for eight days, including a three-day ministerial segment and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly (GA) for two days where it adopts intergovernmental negotiated political declarations.

International Labour Organisation – ILO

The ILO is the only tripartite U.N. agency and brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all.

Major Groups and Other Stakeholders

Since the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 – known as the Earth Summit, it was recognised that achieving sustainable development would require the active participation of all sectors of society and all types of people.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  – OECD

The OECD works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change, measuring productivity and global flows of trade and investment, analysing and comparing data to predict future trends and sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Business Forum

The UN SDG Business Forum provides a unique multi-stakeholder platform to support business action and partnerships to achieve the UN SDGs – fostering public-private dialogues, catalysing new partnerships and alliances, and exploring innovative business solutions to accelerate sustainable development.

United Nations Association of Australia  – UNAA

The UNAA is the official non-profit, non-government, membership-based, organisation in Australia working on behalf of the United Nations core body to promote its overall aims and ideals, and equally seeking to build support for the UN’s programs, activities and agencies

UN Gender and the Security Council

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security.

UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. It is both a practical framework for action and a platform for demonstrating corporate commitment and leadership

Women’s Empowerment Principles – WEPs

Subtitled Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasise the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe

World Bank Group – WBG

The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to national governments for capital projects.

World Trade Organisation – WTO

The WTO is an intergovernmental organisation that regulates international trade. It is the only global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations.