The Framework for our work with the United Nations is the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. This universal Agenda is a transformative plan of action for the people of the world, for our planet, and for our common wellbeing. Grounded in, and guided by, the fundamental values and principles laid down in the UN Charter, in particular its Preamble, it is inspired by the Universal Declaration of
‘Madam, would you like an egg?’ were the first words spoken to me by a young, exuberant Timorese boy no older than 10. I had only been in Timor-Leste for a few days but the harsh reality people face here and the adverse effect Australia’s political decisions have on this country are, in the truest sense, heartbreaking. What torment had this child’s parents and grandparents lived through in a small nation sitting on Australia’s doorstep?