Some 66 videos of sessions from the three hui and the online summit are available online, comprising an invaluable free resource for ongoing engagement.
An important development of the series was a Declaration of Commitment to the SDGs, which 199 organisations and individuals signed. Participants also pledged their support for a national SDG Alliance.
The initiative was the third in a series of university summits since 2018, led by a national stakeholder group.
UC and LU partnered with Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, supported by Tourism New Zealand, Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand, ChristchurchNZ, Seeds podcast and New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, to create a working group with event curator Erica Austin. Planning began with UC’s Treaty of Waitangi partner Ngāi Tūāhuriri, who helped the team to weave te ao Māori (Māori worldview) through the processes and events. There was a strong focus on youth participation, and ongoing engagement with the Pasifika community.
The Aotearoa SDG Summit Series is a finalist in the Green Gown Awards partnership category. Regional winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on November 17, 2022. View the full line-up of 2022 finalists here.