About the Congress


The 2nd international Implementing the New Urban Agenda and SDGs Congress was held in partnership with the 26th EAROPH World Congress, in Newcastle, NSW on the 1st and 2nd November, 2018.


The congress followed the successful inaugural conference in Melbourne in May 2017 where 240 delegates from 11 countries met for the first time following the signing of The New Urban Agenda in Quito in 2016.


This 2018 congress focused on the theme Affordable Living in Sustainable Cities:  Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.


The congress showcased existing and planned actions that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.  A key objective is to develop synergy and integration between these two critically important frameworks.


The congress program featured key opportunities to engage with international experts and leaders as well as to contribute your own experience to the critical debates emerging around the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. 

Program

The congress program featured key opportunities to engage with international experts and leaders as well as to contribute your own experience to the critical debates emerging around the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda.  

The program included the following core strands:

  • 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
  • Congress organisers will shortly announce the process for submitting abstracts.  We welcome congress contributions from businesses, academics, not-for-profits, government and local government departments.​​