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Sydney Opera House and the Global Goals

Inspiring positive social and environmental change

At the Sydney Opera House, we believe that art and culture is a catalyst to drive positive change. As a global icon, we have an important role to play when it comes to building a better, more sustainable future for all. Together, we have the power to make a difference.

That’s why, in October 2019 we committed to the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with the release of our latest ReconciliationAccessibility and Environment community action plans. Since then we have continued to build on this commitment, including through our Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Strategy and Heritage action plan.

A to-do list for the world, the Global Goals address the world’s most pressing issues, including climate action, equal access and social justice.

While we reflect on some of the progress we have made at the Opera House to drive positive change here, we know that there is still a lot more to do, so as we celebrate our 50th anniversary we are continuing to do all that we can to inspire positive change.

Thank you to our Global Goals Partners who help us work towards the Goals for a better future.

Progress toward the Goals

Read more about the goals

Download the Inspiring Positive Change booklet


Our Global Goals

When we originally committed to the Global Goals in 2019, we identified that we could drive the most positive change in these nine areas. We are continuing to review where we can add the most value to our community and identify evolving focus areas.  

Goal 4: Quality education

The Sydney Opera House will promote quality education and learning opportunities.

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

The Sydney Opera House will champion diversity and human rights in its workforce and business operations.

Goal 10: Reduce Inequality

The Sydney Opera House will improve inclusion and accessibility on and off stage.

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

The Sydney Opera House will safeguard and revitalise cultural practices, heritage and sustainability.

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

The Sydney Opera House will reduce our waste generation and promote the efficient use of resources.

Goal 13: Climate Action

The Sydney Opera House will implement a pathway to become Climate Positive by 2023.

Goal 14: Life below water

The Sydney Opera House will promote the sustainable management of natural resources.

Goal 15: Life on land

The Sydney Opera House will promote the sustainable management of natural resources.

Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

The Sydney Opera House will deepen and enrich our relationships with partners.

Our progress

Thank you to Global Goals Partner Honeywell for helping us work towards a better future.