Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)


The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association is an official sponsor of AFFORDABLE LIVING IN SUSTAINABLE CITIES: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda

Newcastle NSW, 1st - 2nd November 2018.

Opportunity for AFAA Members

The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association has been invited to sponsor this event, and bring to the Conference the richness of our members’ expertise as thought leaders, entrepreneurs, catalysts, researchers, creatives, educators, policy makers, and facilitators.

The Second International Conference on Implementing the New Urban Agenda and SDGs will be held in partnership with the 26th World Congress of the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH). Visit the conference website for all event details:

The congress follows the successful inaugural conference in Melbourne in May 2017. Here, 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 will be focused on the theme Affordable Living in Sustainable Cities: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

We aim to make the congress a showcase for 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 will feature 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.


This year's conference is being curated by a consortium led by:

  • National committee members from the Australian chapter of the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH);
  • Compass Housing, based in Newcastle. (In 2017, Compass played a key role in bringing people together, providing logistical support and generating communications. Compass also played a lead role in bringing Australian delegates together at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur in February 2018);
  • UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Initiative;
  • Members of RMIT University's Centre for Urban Research; and also
  • AFAA President Dr Iain Butterworth
The New Urban Agenda

In 2016, world leaders adopted the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The NUA is intended to set a new global standard for sustainable urban development, and help us rethink how we plan, manage and live in cities. The NUA is a roadmap for building cities that can serve as engines of prosperity and centers of cultural and social well-being, while protecting the environment. 

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The NUA provides guidance for achieving 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

These SDGs are core to the Fulbright mission, and encompass the work of many Fulbright Scholars.


The provisional outline program includes the following core strands. These will be used to develop plenary and workshop sessions.

  • Leave no-one behind: Aboriginal self-determination, housing, homelessness, social equity, zero hunger, health and well-being, education for sustainability
  • Looking after the planet: Indigenous perspectives, 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, the catalytic role of art and culture
  • Making it happen: treasury leadership, whole of government frameworks, cross-sectoral partnerships, embracing Indigenous perspectives, supporting young people’s leadership and innovation.

Ways in which AFAA members can engage

We are keen to hear from members who are interested to take part as:

  • Keynote speakers
  • Presenters
  • Panellists
  • Session moderators
  • Discussants
  • Workshop curators and facilitators
  • Performers/artists in residence
  • Organisers that can help us to:
  • Connect to Newcastle experts, entrepreneurs, politicians, NGOs, practitioners, activists, researchers, community builders, thinkers and leaders;
  • Secure sponsorship from key partners;
  • Connect to the University of Newcastle and other universities;
  • Engage with other regional cities, which are critical to implementing the NUA.

We’d love to hear from you

If you are interested, please contact Iain Butterworth at So that Iain can forward your expression of interest to the organising Committee, please identify:

  1. Your area of expertise,
  2. The conference theme/s that interest you, and
  3. How you would like to participate.

Please also join the conversation on our website and/or at our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes from your National Committee

Please note: whilst AFAA is not in a position to fund your participation, we will do our utmost to ensure that the Conference can you to: share and strengthen your expertise; build your networks; contribute to the national and international community of practice needed to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of the UN’s new urban agenda.

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