• Hawaiʻi State Senate

2018 Senate Legislative Program


We, the Hawai'i State Senate are dedicated to the protection and sustainability of our people, communities, natural resources, and economic prosperity. By enacting the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into state law, we can achieve this. Implementation of these goals at the state level through the Aloha+ Challenge, a local sustainability framework, will significantly improve the quality of life for future generations.

Hawai'i is recognized as a global leader in addressing sustainability and climate change challenges, building on a history of systems-thinking and traditional knowledge. These 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will reinforce the efforts of the Senate to build a more resilient future for Hawai'i.

It is the Hawai‘i State Senate’s sincere hope that we can work collaboratively with the House of Representatives, the Governor, and the Judiciary to achieve all the goals outlined in this Program.

The legislation that the Hawai’i Senate enacts to attain the 17 Sustainable Development Goals will enable Hawai’i to join local, national and global partnerships.

The Hawai'i State Senate will focus on a local platform to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals during the 2018 Legislative Session.

The Hawai'i State Senate

will focus on a local platform to implement the 17

Sustainable Development Goals during the

2018 Legislative Session

We will ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources by implementing and enacting appropriate measures and social protection systems.

We will eliminate hunger by doubling food production, increase food security, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices.

We will guarantee good health and well-being by ensuring access to quality health care, end epidemics of communicable diseases, and support indigenous health programs.

We will achieve quality education by guaranteeing that all children have access to equitable and quality preschool, primary, secondary and higher education as well as quality technical and vocational training.

We will provide gender equality and empower women and girls by promoting policies that end all forms of discrimination and harmful practices to ensure full participation and leadership opportunities.

We will ensure availability and access to safe drinking water, adequate and equitable sanitation for all through cooperation with the counties and local communities.

We are committed to affordable, reliable, and modern energy production, achieving clean energy from renewable sources and encouraging statewide collaboration to facilitate these goals.

We will promote sustainable economic growth; encourage diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, improving state resource efficiency, protection of labor rights, and the promotion of sustainable jobs.

We will develop quality, reliable, and resilient infrastructure to support economic development, promote sustainable industrialization, encourage research and innovation, and increase access to communications technology.

We will achieve economic growth by empowering and promoting the inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic status by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices.

We will explore options that will provide access to adequate, safe and affordable housing, and increase livability and resilience through implementation of smart sustainable communities.

We will work diligently to achieve sustainable management, efficient use of natural resources, promote sound management of all wastes, enact methods for companies to adopt sustainable practices and provide people with relevant information for sustainable lifestyles.

We will continue our commitment to strengthen our resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement.

We will take action to sustainably manage and protect our marine and coastal ecosystems by supporting policies that aim to reduce pollution and enhance ocean-related management.

We will protect life on land, work to ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of our 'āina and natural resources by integrating ecosystem and biodiversity values into local and state planning.

We are dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

We encourage partnerships between government, the private sector and civil society to enhance statewide economic prosperity, policy coherence for sustainable development and mobilization through collaboration on Aloha+Challenge, a statewide commitment to sustainability.


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