This Forum will support the creation of partnerships to drive progress against the SDGs.

Our workshops will cover topics including Climate Action, Gender Equality, Sustainable Cities and Communities and Future of Work.


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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 Margaret Gardner AC
President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University

Professor Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University in September, 2014. She is also a Director of the Group of Eight Universities and Infrastructure Victoria.

In 2020, Professor Gardner was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for her eminent service to tertiary education through leadership and innovation in teaching and learning, research and financial sustainability.

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.

John Thwaites
Co-Chair, Leadership Council, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) 

John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and ClimateWorks Australia.
He is Chair of Melbourne Water and a Director of Fair Trade Australia New Zealand. He is also the Chair of the National Sustainable Development Council, which has developed the Transforming Australia: SDGs Progress Report 2018. John acts as Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) launched by the UN Secretary General to provide expert advice and support to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Leanne Smith
Director, Whitlam Institute 

Leanne Smith is an international human rights lawyer by training, with a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. Leanne has worked in the Australian judicial system, for the Australian Human Rights Commission, in the international NGO sector, regional human rights organisations, as an Australian diplomat (DFAT) and in various roles for the United Nations in New York and in the field, most recently as Chief of Policy and Best Practices for UN Peacekeeping Operations. She is a visiting fellow at the ANU Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and the UNSW Australian Human Rights Centre and a member of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law Advisory Committee.

Ciara Sterling

CEO, Thriving Communities Partnership

Ciara is a leader who believes in the power of cross-sector collaboration to make real change for people experiencing vulnerability and exclusion. Through the Thriving Communities Partnership, Ciara brings together over 200 organisations and people with lived experience to forge deeper understanding of vulnerability and drive ecosystem change through social design innovation. Ciara is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Consumer Action Law Centre.

Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research

Along with Associate Professor Susie Moloney, Karyn is co-founder of The Climate Change Exchange. Karyn’s research is focused on climate change adaptation, with emphasis on sustainability and justice. Through this work she collaborates with a multitude of organisations. Karyn spent some 15 years working in state government public policy and for the Country Fire Authority.

Dr Susie Moloney

Associate Professor in RMIT University‘s Sustainability and Urban Planning program and a member of the Centre for Urban Research

Along with Dr Karyn Bosomworth, Susie is a co-founder of The Climate Change Exchange. Susie’s research focuses on urban sustainability, planning and climate change and the implications for policy and governance particularly at the local and regional scale. She has previously worked for both the public and private sectors and collaborates with a range of organisations including local and state governments, climate change alliances and community service organisations.

Dr Claire E Brolan

Fellow, University of Queensland’s Centre for Policy Futures 

Claire is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research sits at the intersection of health and development policy, governance and human rights relating to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Australia, the Pacific region, and internationally. Claire has over 60 peer reviewed and other publications, much of which report on her 8+ years of SDG-related research. In 2019, Claire was appointed by the Director of Policy Impact, Strategy & Innovation Sector, Prime Minister and Cabinet Department, Government of the United Arab Emirates, to sit on the Global Council for SDG Financing, and was invited to speak on SDG 3 at a UN General Assembly side event at UN Headquarters.

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg
Chair, Climate Action Network Australia (CANA) 

Victoria is also the Strategic Director of Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA). Victoria is passionate about the power of collaborative leadership to create systemic social change, and currently works as the Manager of Strategy and Planning at Bank Australia. Victoria is also an Advisory Board Member of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) at the University of Melbourne, and a Steering Committee member of the Forrest Gateway to the Otways project, developing a climate adaptation and community resilience facility in the Otway Ranges.

Tanya Hosch
General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL

Tanya has a long and distinguished history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, advocacy, governance and fundraising. Before joining the AFL as the first ever Indigenous person and the second woman in its Executive ranks in August 2016, Tanya was the Joint Campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional recognition. Tanya is tasked with the implementation of the AFL’s enhanced Indigenous strategy, advising the AFL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, maintenance of the Respect and Responsibility Policy, 2017, the AFL’s Gender Action Plan and the Gender Diversity Policy.

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.

Michelle Higelin
Executive Director, ActionAid Australia 

Michelle has more than two decades of experience working to advance women’s rights in Australia and internationally, including as the former Deputy General Secretary of one of the largest women’s rights movement globally, the World YWCA. Michelle has served on global advisory groups to the United Nations Population Fund and the World Food Programme, and convened the NGO Working Group on Peace at the United Nations in Geneva. For the past six years Michelle has worked with ActionAid, driving gender transformative development and humanitarian programming. Michelle has a Master of International Relations and a BA in Communications.

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 was previously CEO of ARIA, the trustee of several Commonwealth employee superannuation schemes, and 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.

Amber Roberts
Senior Manager, PwC Indigenous Consulting

Amber has extensive experience working in the areas of native title law, Indigenous sentencing courts, human rights law and advocacy, Indigenous health equality, reconciliation and workplace diversity. Amber has presented at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. In all her work, Amber actively applies a human rights lens based approach that supports giving meaningful effect to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ultimately improve the lived experiences of Australia’s First Peoples.

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.

Stav Zotalis
Head of Global Engagement, ActionAid Australia
Stav has 22 years’ international development experience including 12 years of leadership roles with CARE in Asia and 10 years’ experience working for AusAID, DFID and UNDP. She has spent the last 14 years working in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Solomon Islands. Stav has led large, diverse teams up to 500 people in developing new gender transformative programs and overseeing emergencies. She has four years’ private sector financial experience in Sydney and two decades of community work in Australia and overseas, including serving as Board member and advisor for local NGOs.

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 Partners

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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Sustainability

Striving for a Sustainable Forum 

We are committed to providing a sustainable event which leaves as small a carbon and ecological footprint as possible. Sustainability is being factored into every stage of the planning and delivery of our 2020 Forum. We have outlined some of our measures below. We welcome any further suggestions!

Venue and Services:

We are very pleased to be partnering with the MCG to make the Forum an eco-friendly event as they are also committed to sustainable practices in their operations – you can read about the approach here: https://www.mcg.org.au/about-us/policies/sustainability.

From catering, waste management and recycling through to the onsite AV services at the MCG, together we have sought to consider all aspects of the venue and the services participants will receive at the venue.

Catering/Food

  • EPICURE at the MCG has a Food Safety policy that states says no external food is allowed into the venue. Catering is then targeted to the number of people attending so that food wastage is minimised.
  • We will be providing a vegetarian menu, with as much local produce as possible
  • Teabags are biodegradable and not individually wrapped
  • Sugar is in bowls not individually wrapped sticks
  • No straws will be used (the MCG has banned all plastic straws, crockery and cutlery)
  • Water jugs and glasses will be used in workshop rooms
  • No single use bottled water. Participants will be encouraged to BYO water bottle
  • Water bottle refill station will be available to participants
  • No mints/lollies on tables

Wastage/Recycling

  • Participant numbers correct for catering to reduce food wastage
  • Recycling for any waste from participants on day. Bins will be clearly labelled – glass/paper/rubbish etc.
  • Any paper that is used will be recycled paper
  • No paper registration
  • Participant name-tags are reused in other UNAA Victoria programs during the year – participants will be asked to return name-tags as they leave

Any surplus food will be managed through the Stadium’s relationship with Second Bite and any organic waste will be dealt with through the MCG’s onsite organic recycling system – the first in an Australian stadium. 

Forum AV/IT

Onsite-AV services have been hired to eliminate the need for transporting AV/IT equipment.

Forum Publicity and Communications

All publicity and other communications to potential and subsequent participants is digital – e-blasts, e-newsletters, Instagram and other social media channels. Post forum materials will also be digital as far as possible.

Forum Event App

UNAA is using an Event App created by Invisage Creative Solution and sponsored by Wendy Brooks & Partners, eliminating the need for a printed program and other printed resources including feedback forms.

  • Participants will be able to use the app to access all forum information, significantly reducing the amount of paper and printing resources used
  • A “note taking” option allows participants to type notes and email externally
  • Event evaluation will also be undertaken via the app rather than by written forms

This digital platform not only increases sustainability but also facilitates engagement by providing a platform for participants to communicate and to maximise networking and partnership opportunities.

Forum Showcase

Showcasers are being encouraged to think of creative and alternative ways to showcase ideas and business practices without the need for:

  • unnecessary giveaways which go to landfill
  • single use plastics, including plastic bags
  • single use banners made for this event

 Forum Staffing

  • All staff and volunteers will be briefed about sustainability strategies during the Forum.
  • All staff and volunteers will be wearing scarves in pre-loved fabric to be identifiable to Forum participants
  • UNAA is offsetting the carbon footprint of Forum 2020 attendance for all staff and volunteers.

Forum Presenter Gifts

  • Speakers Gifts are to be presented wrapped in pre-loved scarves and fabric using Furoshiki methods
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Getting involved: Forum participants

While we are implementing many sustainable features for this 2020 Forum we are also encouraging participants to also get involved in reducing the footprint of this event. 

What to bring to the event?

·      Participants will be able to use the event app to minimise paper usage, including note taking. We encourage you to come prepared with your own choice of note-taking devices – via the event app (phone or tablet), laptops or writing pads, pens

·      BYO bag – we won’t be supplying Conference Bags as too many end up in landfill

·      BYO water bottle – there will be a water refill station in the atrium and jugs and glasses in the workshop spaces.

Getting to the event
Consider how you will travel to the event. The MCG is highly accessible by tram and train and is in easy walking distance of the city. If you are traveling by plane, car or motorbike, consider carpooling or ride share and consider offsetting your travel. You can offset the cost of your transport or ask your employer to offset the cost of your travel to the 2020 Forum through Green Fleet

UNAA acknowledges that offsetting does not result in emission reductions, but is a transitional strategy towards a zero emissions future, where clean infrastructure investment is prioritised.

Contact Us

STAY UP TO DATE

Email office@unaavictoria.org.au to join the 2020 UN and Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum e-news list.

PARTNER WITH US

To deliver the forum – email office@unaavictoria.org.au to find out how.

SHOWCASE WITH US

Email office@unaavictoria.org.au to find out how.