International Congress: Affordable Living in Sustainable Cities

The 2nd international Implementing the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Congress will be held in partnership with the 26th EAROPH World Congress in Newcastle, NSW on the 1st and 2nd November, 2018.

The congress will bring together stakeholders from government, civil society, academia and the business community to explore the theme Affordable Living in Sustainable Cities: Achieving the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda.

This is your chance to engage with international experts and leaders as well as contribute your own experience to the critical debates emerging around the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda.

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The Program

A provisional program is now available on the congress website at

The program includes the following core strands which have been used to develop plenary and workshop sessions:

  • Leave no-one behind: Housing, homelessness, social equity, zero hunger, health and well-being, education for sustainability
  • Looking after the planet: Water, waste, energy, habitat, consumption
  • Building for durability and sustainability: Transport, telecommunications, systemic asset-management, green building, disaster resilience
  • Shaping our Communities: Urban renewal, decentralisation and rural linkages, urban planning, building communities, localising economic development
  • Making it happen: Treasury leadership, whole of government frameworks, cross-sectoral partnerships

Keynote Speakers

The congress organisers are pleased to announce that, so far over 55 leading international experts on social and climate justice, urban development and renewal will speak, present or convene workshops at the congress.

Speakers include:

  • Yb Puan Hajah Zuraida Bindi Kamaruddin, Minister for Housing and Local Government, Malaysia
  • Senator Claire Moore, Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific
  • Greg Budworth, Vice Chair UN Habitat General Assembly of Partners
  • Peter Cuming, Managing Director, Sustainable Futures Australia
  • Michael Nolan, Director United Nations Global Compact-Cities Programme
  • Karabaiti Taoboa, Pacific Director, Commonwealth Local Government Association
  • Joyati Das, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne
  • Katherine O’Regan, Cities Leadership Institute
  • Mizuo Kishita, Urban Public Design Centre, Japan
  • Nick Byrne, REMPLAN