Hosted by UNAA (Victorial Division)

15 and 16 April 2020
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Overview

SDG #17: Partnerships for the goals

On 15 and 16 April, 2020, the UN Association of Australia will bring together civil society, governments, business and the UN under the theme of building sustainable partnerships.

This will be an outcome-oriented gathering guided by Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals but designed to encompass all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Forum is ideally timed as it aligns with the beginning of the second trimester of the UN’s 15-year agenda to transform the world through the SDGs.

The Forum will:

Support the creation of new partnerships to progress achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Bring together the UN, Governments, private sector, civil society, philanthropic organisations and academia.
Involve UN agencies and Australian organisations and individuals across business, civil society, academia and government who are leading in building and supporting sustainable partnerships.

The Forum will be designed to:

  • create and strengthen partnerships between Australian organisations and UN agencies and Australian organisations with each other
  • reach sectors and individuals who may not be aware of how the UN’s work impacts their lives, or how they can influence the UN process
  • reach sectors and individuals who want to partner with the UN, government, the private sector but are not sure how to do so
  • provide an opportunity for UN agencies and leaders to learn more about the views, desires, and aspirations of Australians, and how they fit with the UN system
  • Provide learning and networking opportunities which will aid career and leadership progression
“It is widely recognized that sustainable development with its three dimensions -- economic, social and environmental -- calls for a fully integrated approach, engaging all stakeholders. Partnerships are critical for achieving progress across the full agenda,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J Mohammed, 11 April 2019

Program

Day 1: Wednesday 15th April

This session will feature leading UN and Australian officials. Each speaker will be invited to announce a SDG-related partnership.
10.30am - 11am
Morning Tea

This session will provide expert, practical advice on creating partnerships that are sustainable and effective.
12pm - 1pm
Lunch

Concurrent workshops will be led by UN and Australian SDG leaders. Each will be expertly facilitated so that the emphasis is on creation of sustainable partnerships to progress the workshop focus.

Themes:

  • Climate Action
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Emerging Technologies for the SDGs
  • Future of Work

2.30pm - 3pm
Afternoon Tea

Concurrent workshops will be led by UN and Australian SDG leaders. Each will be expertly facilitated so that the emphasis is on creation of sustainable partnerships to progress the workshop focus.

Themes:

  • Climate Action
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Emerging Technologies for the SDGs
  • Future of Work

Day 2: Thursday 16th April

Up to 40 exhibitors will be invited to showcase their use of innovation and technology to progress the SDGs. Support will be given to encourage interaction between exhibitors to facilitate new partnerships. Showcase participants will be announced as they come on board.

This session will use a conversation type format to feature key ideas. UN and Australian leaders will be announced as they come on board.
10am - 10.30am
Morning Tea

Concurrent workshops will be led by senior UN and Australian SDG practitioners. Each will be expertly facilitated so that the emphasis is on creation of sustainable partnerships to progress the workshop focus.

Themes:

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Global Flows
  • Beyond Reconciliation Action Plans
  • Gender Equality
  • Sustainable Finance & Responsible Investment

12pm - 1pm
Lunch

Concurrent workshops will be led by senior UN and Australian SDG practitioners. Each will be expertly facilitated so that the emphasis is on creation of sustainable partnerships to progress the workshop focus.

Themes:

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Global Flows
  • Beyond Reconciliation Action Plans
  • Gender Equality
  • Sustainable Finance & Responsible Investment

2.30pm - 3pm
Afternoon Tea

This will be a report back session from all of the workshops and will involve the announcement of new partnerships formed or being developed.
“The UN system is most impactful when enabling others. This means building meaningful partnerships with the widest array of Governments, regional organizations, international financial institutions, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 2017

Speakers

Greg Vines
Deputy Director-General, of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Greg has had an extensive career in strategic and executive management within Australia and internationally, focusing on labour relations, organizational and workplace change. Prior to taking up his current position in 2012, Greg was Minister (Labour) with the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN and President of the Governing Body of the ILO in Geneva.

Louise Aubin
UNHCR Regional Representative

As the UNHCR Regional Representative for Refugees in Canberra, Louise has geographical responsibility for the region, which includes Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Louise was previously the Deputy Director (Protection Operational Support Service) in the Division of International Protection at UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva.

Professor Andrew Crane
University of Melbourne Visiting Gourlay Professor for Ethics in Business

Professor Crane’s research explores the social, ethical and environmental dimensions of business, particularly the changing role of the corporation in the global economy and areas of corporate responsibility such as modern slavery, responsible marketing and nonprofit partnerships.

Kylie Porter
Executive Director, Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA)

Kylie is a sustainability expert with over 15 years of experience in corporate affairs, sustainability and strategy roles across a broad range of industries. Kylie has provided advice on responsible business and corporate responsibility practices to senior management; managed reputation risk for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and developed and implemented sustainability and corporate responsibility strategies across areas such as climate change, human rights and child rights. Kylie’s career includes working for ANZ Banking Group, National Australia Bank (NAB), Standard Chartered, KPMG and Save the Children.

Victoria Thom
Partnership Broker and Trainer

Victoria is an accredited Partnership Broker and Partnering Trainer with The Partnership Brokers’ Association, an Associate of The Partnering Initiative, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from Melbourne Business School. She is a senior leader with over twenty years’ international experience across the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors as a social innovation strategist, partnership broker, trainer and facilitator. She specialises in analysing the business/society landscape to understand risks and opportunities, define solutions and implement them through collaborative approaches. She established Synergy2030 to enable social innovation and collaboration, within and across sectors, toward the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Katy Barfield
Founder and CEO, Yume

Katy Barfield is Australia’s leading food waste warrior. As the founding CEO of SecondBite, she led the organisation through a period of intense growth, from collecting around 600kg of fresh produce to redistributing over two million kilograms in 2012. In 2013, Katy launched Australia’s first wholesale fruit and veg business, Spade and Barrow to keep Australian farmers on the land. In 2014, Katy created Yume, Australia’s first surplus food online marketplace. Yume enables food suppliers such as primary producers and manufacturers to sell their quality surplus products to buyers in the foodservice industry.

Suzanne Knight
Program Director, Liveability Victoria International, DELWP

Jill Fagan

Manager, Climate Adaptation, DELWP

Anna Skarbek
Anna is CEO of ClimateWorks Australia, a non-profit, specialist adviser committed to accelerating the transition to net zero emissions for Australia and Asia Pacific.

Anna is a former banker, lawyer and policy adviser, and currently a Director of the Centre for New Energy Technologies, the Green Building Council Australia and the Sustainable Australia Fund, and a former director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Carbon Market Institute and Amnesty International Australia.

Steve Gibbs
Chair and Non-Executive Director; Acting CEO Australian Ethical

Steve joined the Australian Ethical Board in July 2012 as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed Chair in 2013. Steve has a long history of involvement in the investment and superannuation industries, particularly focused on ethical and responsible investing. From 2000 to 2008 he was CEO of ARIA, the trustee of the CSS, PSS and PSSap Commonwealth employee superannuation schemes. Prior to ARIA, Steve was CEO of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.

Steve was the only Australian to receive a personal invitation from the then Secretary of the United Nations (UN) to join the steering committee which developed the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI).

Erin Woolford
Reconciliation Manager, PwC Australia

Erin, a Kuyani Arrernte woman, is a multi-award winning specialist in Aboriginal Affairs who has dedicated her life’s work to promoting truth and reconciliation; and reducing the inequality experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Erin’s 20-year career in Aboriginal Affairs spans across the corporate, not for profit, academic, State Government and professional services sectors in remote, regional and metropolitan communities.

Lorna Deng
DivTal Co-Founder

Lorna is the co-founder of DivTal, an online job platform that connects employers with culturally diverse talent. Recently named by SmartCompany as one of ‘Australia’s 13 most inspiring female entrepreneurs’ Lorna’s vision for DivTal is to create a more inclusive future of work. Lorna started her career in Corporate Responsibility and then moved into Human Resources. She is regularly invited to speak about leadership, purpose, diversity & inclusion and the future of work. Lorna is a member of several diversity and inclusion committees and networks and is a mentor to young migrants.

Jeremy Liddle
Jeremy is a Founding Partner of SDGx, a global deep technology venture capital, venture building, and research group which is reimagining the SDGs.

He is also Executive Director at Third Hemisphere and was a founder of CapitalPitch (now CP Ventures). Jeremy has over 10 years’ experience training and advising start-ups and investors in financing and strategy, plus over 17 years as an entrepreneur across finance, technology, eCommerce, retail, and distribution. His start-up RioLife was named Australia’s fastest-growing small business at the 2010 MyBusiness Awards. Jeremy was a co-author of the 2014 G20 Youth and Young Entrepreneurs’ United Nations White paper on entrepreneurship and youth employment, leading to the development of the SDGs.

More speakers to be announced soon

“The SDGs provide a common language, common goal set and measurement framework. This common ground provides for easier communication and collaboration across sectors…” Water Services Association Australia, 2017

Partners

Forum Partners

Workshop Partners

International Careers Event Partner

Future Leaders Partners

Connecting Partner

Supporting Partners

If you would like to partner with us to deliver the 2020 UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships ForumCLICK HERE for the 2020 UN and Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum Prospectus or email office@unaavictoria.org.au for further details.

“The SDGs provide points of focus around which we can innovate and collaborate in the search for solutions to critical global and local sustainability challenges… we will continue to invest in these priority areas and work together with Governments, civil society, academia, and other businesses to realise the opportunities the SDGs offer to all, and we call on other business leaders to join us.” Australian CEO Statement of Support for the SDGs

Active Partner Workshops

Concurrent workshops will be expertly facilitated so that the emphasis is on creation of sustainable partnerships.

Day 1: Wednesday 15th April

1PM - 2:30PM
Breakout session #1


Themes:

  • Climate Action
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Emerging Technologies for the SDGs
  • Future of Work

3PM - 4:30PM
Breakout session #2


Themes:

  • Climate Action
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Emerging Technologies for the SDGs
  • Future of Work

Day 2: Thursday 16th April

10:30AM - 12PM
Breakout session #3


Themes:

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Global Flows
  • Beyond Reconciliation Action Plans
  • Gender Equality
  • Sustainable Finance & Responsible Investment

1PM - 2:30PM
Breakout session #4


Themes:

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Global Flows
  • Beyond Reconciliation Action Plans
  • Gender Equality
  • Sustainable Finance & Responsible Investment

“In many ways, Goal 17 is the ‘connective tissue’ which will ensure an integrated and holistic approach to sustainable development.” UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J Mohammed, 11 April 2019

SDG Showcase

Up to 40 exhibitors will showcase their use of innovation and technology to progress the SDGs. Support will be given to encourage interaction between exhibitors to facilitate new partnerships.

Showcase participants will be announced as they come on board.

Forum Exhibitors


Be part of the SDGs Showcase:
Email office@unaavictoria.org.au to request the SDGs Showcase Package.

Ticketing

What's Included:

  • Choice of four out of 10 Active Partnership Workshops – each limited to maximum 40 participants. These will fill fast so register quickly.
  • Four Plenary Sessions – leading Australian and international speakers
  • SDGs Showcase – see the latest innovation and technology being applied to the SDGs
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea - both days
Forum Registration Early Bird
(available until 29 February)
Standard
( 1 March until 31 March)
Corporate / Government / Academia $599 $699
Not for Profits / Start-ups / UNAA Members $499 $599
Tertiary Student / Concession $250 $275

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