Breakout Session 4

Workshop Overview

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.

Focus Areas

Sustainable Cities and Communities

– presented in partnership with Melbourne Water and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme/RMIT


Cities around the world are facing acute challenges in managing rapid urbanisation, including ensuring adequate housing and infrastructure to support growing populations, managing the environmental impact of urban sprawl and reducing vulnerability to disasters. Furthermore, there is a need to improve resource use and reduce pollution in cities as they expand.

Workshop Co-Leads to be announced soon


Sustainable Development Goals

Global Flows

The UN Global Compact on Refugees provides a blueprint for a stronger, fairer, more predictable and sustainable international response to refugees built on responsibility and burden-sharing. How can we partner together to ensure that Australia moves towards new policies based on this new comprehensive response framework for large-scale refugee movements globally?

Workshop Co-Lead

Louise Aubin
UNHCR Regional Representative

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.

Another Workshop Co-Lead will be announced soon


Sustainable Development Goals

Beyond Reconciliation Action Plans – presented in partnership with PwC Australia

The SDGs present both opportunities and risks for First Nations peoples. Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs)have become an effective tool to build relationships between the private sector, not for profit, civil society and First Nations peoples. However, of the 1100 organisations with a RAP, 85% sit at Innovate or Reflect. These workshops will look at what the principles are for creating effective partnerships to ensure organisations protect and promote the unique rights of First Nations peoples within Australia and how approaching RAPs from a human rights perspective can accelerate genuine, mutually beneficial and enduring partnerships.

These Workshops will be co-led by Erin Woolford, PWC Senior Manager Reconciliation and Amber Roberts, Manager, PwC Indigenous Consulting.

Sustainable Development Goals


In 2020, the UN will acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Women’s Conference and resulting Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) for equality and empowerment of women and girls. Our Forum will follow immediately after CSW64 in New York, so we will use this opportunity to guide the creation of partnerships between governments, UN agencies, the private sector and civil society to bring into force the actions determined at this meeting to achieve gender equality.

Workshop Co-Leads will be announced soon


Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Finance & Responsible Investment

The SDGs provide a globally recognized benchmark for sustainable development and a framework which can help to deliver long term financial returns on investments. But what partnerships will ensure that the SDG agenda ensures sustainable finance and responsible investment? These partnerships are the outcomes we want from these sessions.

Workshop Co-Leads will be announced soon


Sustainable Development Goals