Advancing the 2030 Agenda National Conference

The United Nations Association of New Zealand will be holding its national conference – Advancing the 2030 Agenda – on Thursday 28 September 2023.

4 August 2023

This year marks the midpoint of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With development gains being reversed by multiple global crises, including conflicts, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, urgent action is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This conference, our flagship event, will explore what actions need to be taken to advance the 2030 Agenda.

Highlights include a keynote address by Dr Sir Ashley Bloomfield KNZM. Sir Ashley Bloomfield trained in medicine at the University of Auckland and specialised in public health medicine. He has 25 years’ experience in public policy and health leadership, including at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Sir Ashley was New Zealand’s Director-General of Health from June 2018 to July 2022 and led the country’s health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Panel discussion speakers include Member of Parliament Ibrahim Omer, Ambassador Carolyn Schwalger, New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Mary Wareham, Advocacy Director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch, and Sophie Handford, Paekākāriki–Raumati Ward Councillor at the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

Panel discussions will cover a range of topics, including The Climate ChallengeReforming the United Nations and Countering disinformation and rebuilding trust in institutions.

The half-day conference will take place from 12.30pm - 7.30pm. The full programme will be released in the coming weeks.

The ticket price includes afternoon tea and refreshments at the networking reception. 

To register, please click here.


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