Sustainable Development Goals and Indigenous Perspectives

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The United Nations announced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, setting the development agenda for all countries till 2030. The commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ raises significant questions about the relevance of targets and indicators developed globally for use across diverse circumstances. With 17 goals, 169 targets and a proposed framework of 232 indicators for reporting, the SDGs presents an opportunity for evaluating whether the agenda of inclusive growth have relevance and effect across the diverse circumstances Indigenous peoples are likely to find themselves in. 

This ARC DECRA project considers two critical questions – 1) are Indigenous voices, worldviews and lived realities adequately captured within the national implementation of the global SDG indicator reporting frameworks and 2) how can Indigenous conceptions of sustainable development improve and strengthen the breadth and depth of indicators in the SDG reporting and monitoring. 

The seminar will discuss the staged and iterative process of co-developing indicators of sustainable development grounded in and reflect Indigenous philosophies, worldviews, building on work previously undertaken with the Yawuru community to conceptualise and report on their philosophy of wellbeing, mabu liyan.  


Mandy Yap is a Fellow at CAEPR working on an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher project on the Sustainable Development Goals. Mandy is committed to working with communities and individuals to develop indicators and measurement frameworks which give priority to their lived realities and perspectives on the ground. Since 2013, Mandy has been working in partnership with the Yawuru community and other Aboriginal organisations in Broome to develop culturally-relevant indicators of Indigenous wellbeing. 

Date & time

Wed 08 Jun 2022, 12–1.30pm



Dr Mandy Yap, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University


Tracy Deasey
02 6125 2053


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