"A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level." - United Nations

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How does our work align with the Goals?

Everything we do at CSIRO is designed to deliver triple-bottom-line benefits to Australia: economic, environmental and social. We tackle big national challenges in partnership with government, industry, universities and the community. So it’s no surprise our work aligns very closely with the world’s biggest challenges.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cover a broad range of ways to improve our world, each with specific targets to aim for over the next 15 years to 2030. More detail on these is available on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals website .

While the Goals are broad, the need is imperative and the potential for change high – provided we all play a role. We’re always looking for new partners to deliver on these and explore new projects.

How can we help you achieve progress against the Goals?

We work with business, government and the community to solve big challenges and deliver unique solutions by bringing together the best minds in the world.

The Sustainable Development Goals call on every business, government and citizen to form partnerships for the future of our world. Collaborating with us is a powerful way to make progress on the goals most important to you, as well as creating opportunities to increase competitiveness, reduce risk, expand markets, and develop new industries.

We are Australia’s national science agency, one of the most multi-disciplinary organisations in the world. We work to benefit our economy, environment and our community – this mission includes your business, your impact in the world, and your prosperity.

The following examples are just a taste of the work we do to help deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about how you can work with us.

Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals

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Case study: CSIRO and NASA

Australia's partnership with the United States in space missions formally dates from February 1960, when the two governments signed an agreement to facilitate cooperation.

We began joint spacecraft-tracking projects with NASA in 1962, when our Parkes radio telescope was used to receive signals from NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft.

Now, we are continuing to contribute to the wonders of space exploration. We manage and operate the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, one of three tracking stations around the world that make up NASA's Deep Space Network.

Recently, a NASA conducted an airborne mission designed to transform our understanding of Earth's valuable and ecologically sensitive coral reefs has set up shop in Australia for a two-month investigation of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef ecosystem.

More information is available on: NASA Begins Study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Case study: Northern Australia

Northern Australia is a very productive part of the country with substantial opportunities for further targeted development by a range of stakeholders. Our current research in northern Australia includes projects to assess land and water resources, help attract investment for new and established industries, assess biosecurity risks and improve agriculture.

We've pulled our research and capacity together to develop a formula for identifying specific development opportunities in the north.

Our current research in northern Australia includes projects to assess land and water resources, help attract investment for new and established industries, assess biosecurity risks and improve agriculture.

More information is available on: Developing northern Australia.

Rocky riverbank in Northern Australia

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