Australian business, community, civil society, academia and inter-governmental agencies will converge on Sydney in November for SDGA16 – a conference to discuss how Australia will deliver on the agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Exactly twelve months ago (26 September 2015), UN member countries adopted a new set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. They key question to be discussed at SDGA16 is: “What is Australia doing about it?”
The conference will be held on 29 and 30 November at the University of Sydney Business School and confirmed speakers include:
- Shayne Elliot, CEO, ANZ
- Roberto Mercade, President, South Pacific, The Coca-Cola Company
- Maria Atkinson, Greater Sydney Commission
- Tim Costello AO, CEO World Vision Australia
- Dermot O’Gorman, CEO WWF-Australia
- Dr Helen Szoke, CEO Oxfam Australia
- Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO Australian Council of Social Service
- Maha Krayen Abdo OAM, United Muslim Women’s Association
- Sam Mostyn, Australian Council for International Development President
- Vince Perez, WWF-International Board member
- Susan Ryan AO, Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner
- Professor John Thwaites, Monash University
SDGA16 aims to raise awareness, foster opportunities for partnerships and catalyse local Australian action around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals – which, in a development from the preceding Millennium Development Goals, have a clear focus on domestic action in developed countries, as well as developing countries.