Breakout Session 1

Workshop Overview

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

Focus Areas

Climate Action

Presented in partnership with Liveability Victoria International and the Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning (DELWP)


What can we do to ensure and enhance liveability in the face of climate change?

Climate change poses one of the biggest threats to our liveability. Impacts range from reduced water availability to rising temperatures, sea level rise, increased extreme events and impacts on our built and natural environment.

Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020 has laid out a blueprint for action to help meet the challenges and act on the opportunities of climate change. Victoria’s soon to be released first Climate Change Strategy will help sustain a thriving natural environment and make sure we have access to a healthy, prosperous, safe and vibrant place to live, work and visit.

In taking action to reduce emissions and build resilience to the impacts of climate change, there will be opportunities to enhance our liveability. These workshops will explore those opportunities in areas such as health and human services; emergency management; the natural environment; agriculture, water and the built environment, and the partnerships required to realise them.

Workshop Co-Leads

Suzanne Knight, Program Director – Liveability Victoria International, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Jill Fagan, Manager, Climate Adaptation, DELWP

Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-being

Major progress has been made in improving the health of people, but, progress has stalled or is not happening fast enough with regard to addressing many major diseases. Concerted efforts are required to achieve universal health coverage; sustainable financing for health and improved mental health outcomes. We will look at the role of such drivers as Sport to enhance good health and well-being.

Workshop Co-Leads to be announced soon.


Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible Consumption and Production

Governments, civil society and the business sector must work together to contribute to changing unsustainable consumption and production patterns. There has been progress in developing policies, knowledge, resources and technical tools, but applying and implementing these to foster tangible changes in practices and impacts remains limited. We will look at partnerships to bring about real change.

Workshop Co-Leads

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, before launching Australia’s first wholesale fruit and veg business, Spade and Barrow, in 2013, 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 food service industry.

>Monica Salvitti, Partnerships Manager, World Food Programme (WFP)

Sustainable Development Goals

Leveraging Deep Technologies to achieve the SDGs

Technology and innovation are vital components in the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). If harnessed effectively, emerging technologies will aid in overcoming barriers to sustainable development challenges locally and globally and enable sustainable partnerships to develop and flourish.

We have formed a partnership with SDGx to produce a white paper that will uncover how partnerships leveraging deep technologies achieve the SDGs. This will underpin and drive these two workshops designed to create tangible partnerships around specific projects.

Workshop Co-Leads

Jeremy Liddle, Founding Partner, SDGx

Jeremy is a Founding Partner at SDGx, a global deep technology venture capital, venture building, and research group. SDGx is reimagining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also Executive Director at technology and finance communications firm, Third Hemisphere.

He was a founder and General Partner of tech VC and advisory firm, CapitalPitch (now CP Ventures). He has over 10 years’ experience training and advising hundreds of start-ups and investors in the areas of 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 represented Australia as the President of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Australia and within the United Nations on youth, employment, and entrepreneurship. He is a Tedx speaker, author of “From Idea to Start-up”, and 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 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A second Co-Lead will be announced soon.

Sustainable Development Goals

Future of Work

The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation – all with the aim of achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men by 2030. The provision of responsive and appropriate training and skills will be vital to this agenda, along with partnerships to drive new opportunities.

Workshop Co-Leads

Greg Vines
Deputy Director-General, 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 his current position, Greg was Minister (Labour) with the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN and President of the ILO Governing Body in Geneva.


Lorna Deng

Founder, DivTal

Lorna is the co-founder of DivTal, an online job platform that connects employers with culturally diverse talent. Recently named 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 is regularly invited to speak about leadership, purpose, diversity & inclusion and the future of work. She is a member of various diversity and inclusion committees and networks where she champions cultural diversity and is a mentor to young migrants in Melbourne.



Sustainable Development Goals