8 February 2017
Collaborative Approaches to Global Urban Sustainable Development


Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 9.25.15 amAs global mandates heighten there has never been a more critical need for public-private partnerships and collaborative action on the local level. In support of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, this multi-sector dialogue draws on the expertise and experience of UN Global Compact – Cities Programme global advisors and partners to explore a fresh approach to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). The Cities Programme’s Multi Partner Sustainable Urban Development Project Model is presented as a system to enable the development of partnerships and capacity to drive SDG 11 at the local level. Case studies are also presented.


When:     Wednesday 8 February 2017
Time:      6pm to 8pm
Where:   RMIT Academic Building, Level 4, Room 11, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne

Keynote Speakers

Staff Portrait, Mr Alan K PearsAlan Pears
Co-director, Sustainable Solutions; Global Advisor, UN Global Compact – Cities Programme; Senior Industry Fellow, RMIT

Alan Pears is one of Australia’s leading energy efficiency experts. He has worked in the sustainable energy and environment fields since the late 1970s, and been an expert adviser to federal, state and local governments across Australia, as well as community groups and the private sector. Recent work has included being a member of the Independent Assessment Panel for Energy Efficiency Information Grants scheme for the federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (2012-13) and co-authoring extensive industry energy information resources for the federal government’s Energy Efficiency Exchange website.

Lucia CadeLucia Cade
Chair, South East Water; Global Advisor, UN Global Compact – Cities Programme

Lucia has extensive experience in the utility, infrastructure and construction industries as an executive and an advisor, specialising in business strategy, organisational change, strategic stakeholder engagement, incentivised procurement models and major projects. Her executive management experience includes senior roles at AECOM, Evans & Peck (now Advisian), Comdain Infrastructure, City West Water and Melbourne Water. Lucia is Chairman of South East Water Ltd and its commercial subsidiary IOTA Pty. Ltd, a director of the Energy Pipelines CRC and the Victorian Water Industry Association. She is a former director and Chairman of Western Water, a past director and National President of the Australian Water Association and Advisor to the Connections Committee of the board of Goulburn-Murray Water.

rebecca casson

Rebecca Casson
CEO of the Committee for Geelong

Rebecca has high-level experience in international partnerships, political management, strategic projects and policy. Rebecca has worked across all tiers of government and notably as a chief of staff in Kent County Council – the largest local government authority in the UK comprising 84 councillors and a population of 1.5 million. In the UK/USA, Rebecca held the position of Executive Director of the British Committee for Jamestown 2007, an eminent group comprising representatives from the House of Lords, House of Commons and Buckingham Palace, together with business and academic leaders and media identities. Rebecca moved to Australia from the UK in 2009 and was appointed as CEO of the Committee for Geelong in 2013. In 2016, Rebecca was appointed to the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust, Places Victoria and the Victorian State Government’s Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Michael Nolan 2016

Michael Nolan
Chair, UN Global Compact – Cities Programme

Michael Nolan is the Chair of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, leading the programme’s strategic direction and growth. Michael has over 20 years’ experience in sustainability, climate adaptation and resilience for government and private sectors and led over 120 climate change impact, risk assessment, adaptation and resilience projects relating to ports, roads, rail, local government, water, flood management, power, mining, buildings, facilities, coasts, states and cities. Michael represented the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia in developing the Australian Standard AS5334 Climate Change Adaptation for Settlements and Infrastructure. Michael is the Resilient Cities lead for the United Nations R!SE initiative focused on risk sensitive investment. Michael has also supported the development of strategy tools for the 100 Resilient Cities programme pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Panel discussion: How to make public private partnerships work for urban sustainable development? – Challenges and successes.

The UN Global Compact – Cities Programme has been promoting cross-sectoral collaboration and partnership as a framework for tackling complex urban challenges and developing sustainability for almost 15 years. This event is also part of the Sustainable Living Festival and the World Urban Campaign of which the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme is a Lead Partner.


This event is supported by RMIT University, the host of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme international secretariat.