A FULL DAY FORUM OF THREE INTERACTIVE SESSIONS LED BY EXPERT PANELLISTS AND SPEAKERS
An initiative of the United Nations Association of Australia Peace Program, FOCUS SDG11- THE FUTURE WE WANT will be held to mark World Habitat Day in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday, 5 October 2016. The forum will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 11 and will be based on the general consensus on climate change which has identified sustainability as the world’s most critical issue. Central to this will be tackling issues concerning the natural and built environment from macro to micro levels.
FOCUS SDG11- THE FUTURE WE WANT Sustainability Forum will contextualize why, and how, global societies and governments will need to act in order to better manage our world habitat to ensure the viability of the human race. It will offer practical solutions to reconnect with our surroundings, to make a difference and to turn knowledge into action. Shall we look into the past to provide answers to our future survival?
A panel of specialists from diverse fields of expertise has taken the challenge of proposing creative ideas to mitigate one of the most urgent issues facing our planet. The forum will challenge prevailing assumptions, monitor trends and devise strategies on how to put all these into action. It will discuss the problems affecting countries and how they are being addressed. It will focus the spotlight on specialised and proactive sustainability programs being implemented all over the world.
The first session will focus on the orbital perspective and the blue marble sustainable futures; the second session will focus on the global compact of sustainable cities and the concluding session will focus on the human habitat and the existential imperative of sustainable communities. We will compile all the key points that have been put forward in these sessions to provide a communiqué to be sent to the United Nations and relevant government bodies.
DATE: WEDNESDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2016 TO MARK WORLD HABITAT DAY
VENUE: THE MINT, 10 MACQUARIE STREET, SYDNEY
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Of particular interest to INTO members will be a presentation by Simon Molesworth:
SIMON MOLESWORTH-SPEAKER PANELLIST
Simon was Foundation Chairman and inaugural president of the National Environmental Law Association 1983-85 and past Executive Chairman of International National Trusts Organisation (INTO).
Initially practising as a barrister from May 1984, Simon took silk in December 1995. As a practising Queen’s Counsel he specializes in environmental, planning, natural resource, heritage, valuation, local government and administrative law, together with international law and corporate law where associated with his core expertise. The law and policy relating to climate change and sustainable environmental management has been a particular focus of his practice since 2005. He appears in courts and tribunals in Australia and maintains a national and international advisory practice.
Simon served as Executive Chairman of International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) an international NGO charity in the heritage conservation field comprising member organisations in 60+ nations representing in excess of 6 million members and supporters estimated at tens of millions more people worldwide. INTO is an international network of National Trusts and similar non- governmental organisations, globally diverse but united by a shared commitment to conserving and sustaining our shared heritage – built and natural, tangible and intangible.
Proposed Topic: The Victoria Declaration on the Implications for Cultural Sustainability of Climate Change: “The destruction of culture is a fundamental breach of the principle of intergenerational equity, in that a culture destroyed or diminished within the time of the current generation will deprive members of future generations of their right to their cultural inheritance”.