My Lecture at Australian National University: the Crawford Oration, Sunday 18 June 2017, on the “Leadership We need – Sustainable Development Challenges”.


I was in Canberra in recent days for the Crawford Australian Leadership Forum held each year at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU). My theme was on the leadership required to meet the challenges of achieving sustainable development. I commented on the role of leadership at all levels from global to national and local; on the need for leadership on Official Development Assistance and on supporting financing for development more generally; and on the roles of civil society and the private sector. I also elaborated on some of the obstacles to be overcome in order to reach the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Here’s the full text:

Speech at Research for Development Impact Conference in Sydney, 13 June 2017.

I was pleased to address the Research for Development Impact Conference held at Sydney University on 1 3 June. The theme of the conference was “Partnering For Impact on Sustainable Development”. I spoke to that theme, setting out the many different kinds of partnerships required across governments, civil society, and the private sector, and across the humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding silos. The 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement require big, bold partnerships and unprecedented volumes of finance. International solidarity is needed for implementation.

My remarks at ESCAP panel on finding synergies between global sustainable development agendas and regional integration agendas. Bangkok 18 May

ESCAP 2017 May 18 Helen on panel.Statement at ESCAP panel 18 MAY BANGKOK

Today I was on a panel at ECOSOC in Bangkok, speaking on how the UN can support countries to implement the global and regional agendas. There are many synergies between these, and one hopes that the aspirations so firmly expressed in the 2030 Agenda will resonate with the regional integration agendas. It’s almost an understatement to talk about regional integration in the Asia Pacific when there are big trans-regional initiatives under way – China’s Belt and Road initiative is an obvious example. The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation also spans from Russia to the Far East and South Asia.

My key points – that there must be human development benefits for all living along the big corridors for transport and connectivity; and that the action lies at the national level for mainstreaming and prioritizing global and regional agendas. UN Country Teams will always be advocates for human development. Their work must be context specific to be relevant. See my statement – link above.