International conference on affordable living in sustainable cities in Newcastle Nov 1-3

29 Oct 2018

International conference on affordable living in sustainable cities in Newcastle Nov 1-3

MEDIA ALERT - International conference on affordable living in sustainable cities in Newcastle Nov 1-3

Congress Opening: November 1 from 815am to 9.20am in the Concert Hall, Newcastle City Hall

Congress chair: Greg Budworth, Vice Chair, UN Habitat General Assembly of Partners and Compass Housing group managing director

Keynote speaker: Senator Claire Moore, Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific

Welcome to country: The Wakagetti Indigenous Dance Team

Welcome to Newcastle: Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cr Nuatali Nelmes

Welcome to congress: Yb Puan Hajah Zuraida Bindi Kamaruddin, Minister for Housing and Local Government, Malaysia, and EAROPH President International

NB. In the last session on Friday at 4:30pm at Civic Theatre the congress’ Newcastle Declaration will be unveiled as will the winners of a local school art competition as judged by delegates.

Delegates from around Australia and overseas are about to descend on Newcastle this week for a major international conference on affordable living in sustainable cities.

In a coup for the region, Compass Housing is bringing the Affordable Living in Sustainable Cities international congress, jointly convened by the New Urban Agenda (NUA) Standing Conference and by EAROPH as its 2018 World Congress.

Congress organising chairman, Compass Housing’s Professor David Adamson OBE, said the conferences will feature national and world experts on implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the NUA, the outcome document from the UN Habitat lll Conference held in Quito in 2016.

Key note speakers include:

  • Senator Claire Moore, shadow minister for International Development and the Pacific
  • Yb Puan Hajah Zuraida Bindi Kamaruddin, Malaysia’s Minister for Housing and Local Government and EAROPH president international
  • Dr Peter Cuming, MD, Sustainable Futures Australia, Collaborative Planning for Sustainable Futures, Leadership by Local, Regional and State Authorities
  • Michael Nolan, director United Nations Global Compact-Cities Programme
  • Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts, Tom Farrell Institute
  • Dr Nathaniel Bavington, smart city coordinator, City of Newcastle
  • Anthony Kent, University of Melbourne
  • Karabaiti Taoboa, Pacific director, Commonwealth Local Government Association
  • Professor Ralph Horne, RMIT University
  • Prof Will Rifkin, chair in applied regional economics, Hunter Research Foundation, University of Newcastle
  • Katherine O’Regan, ED, Cities Leadership Institute
  • Mark Glover, CEO, Australian Industrial Ecology Network
  • Mizuo Kishita, Urban Public Design Centre, Japan
  • Jenny Hayward, senior research scientist, CSIRO
  • Associate Professor Graham Brewer, executive director, CIFAL Newcastle

Four local schools are participating in an art competition. The works will be dispayed at the Congress Expo in the Civic Theatre. Delegates and visitors will vote for the winning entry.

At the closing session in Civic Theatre on Friday at 430pm, the congress’ Newcastle Declaration will be unveiled and the art competition winners will be announced.

Professor Adamson said the congress will showcase existing and planned actions that support the achievement of the SDGS and NUA. He said a key objective is to develop synergy between these two critically important frameworks. Congress themes cover the full range of Sustainable Development Goals and address social issues such as housing, poverty, health and hunger as well as physical issues in the urban environment such as water, sanitation, transport and energy.

“These two agreements are closely connected; the NUA is the delivery vehicle for implementing SDGs in urban settlements,” Prof Adamson said. 

“There are 17 SDGs that commit nations to ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all,” he said.

“Australian cities are not affordable or sustainable, so it is vital that we work together on solutions.”

He said hosting the Congress was a coup for a regional centre such as Newcastle bringing a boost to the region’s economy.

The Congress will be held at City Hall from November 1 to 3. It is being supported by local organisations including City of Newcastle, Hunter Water and Fly Pelican, as well as RMIT University and the Global Cities Compact Committee. The first Implementing the NUA Congress was held in Melbourne in May 2017.

Australia is one of 193 nations to adopt the 2015 SDGs and one of 167 signatory nations to the NUA.

For more information on the congress, visit

The 17 SDGs are below. Information on how the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda align is available at

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