Keeping the lights on in Ecocities, and a global voice for Indigenous public health equity

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This evening: Ecocity World Summit launch in Melbourne 

Population growth, transport and congestion, keeping cities healthy, increasing density without the loss of green space, and energy security (aka ‘keeping the lights on’)—a reminder that the program of July’s Ecocity World Summit will be launched at 5.30pm tonight at The University of Melbourne.

It will provide an overview of the speakers and topics we can put you in touch with for stories in the lead up to and during the Summit.

More details on the event below. For more information about the Summit, contact Tanya Ha on 0404 083 863 or

A global voice for Indigenous public health equity

An new Indigenous Working Group will be established within the World Federation of Public Health Associations, aiming to create a platform for change to address the health inequities experienced by Indigenous peoples worldwide.

Media release below.

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Ecocity launch today in Melbourne

We are delighted to invite you to:

The Ecocity World Summit Program Launch

  • When: 5.30 pm Monday 10 April
  • Where: Dulux Gallery, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne

Enjoy light refreshments, a special performance by Simon Kerr with excerpts from Music for a Warming World, while mingling and hearing from our presenters.

The Ecocity Summit Program Launch, will commence with a welcome by Prof Julie Willis, Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

Following this, Arron Wood, Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne, will chair a feature that will provide further details of the Summit’s program as well as brief presentations on Ecocity challenges and solutions from:

  • Prof. John Wiseman, Deputy Director, Melbourne Sustainability Society Institute, University of Melbourne
  • Stan Krpan, CEO, Sustainability Victoria
  • Dr. Seona Candy, Research Fellow, Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne
  • Dr. Crystal Legacy, Senior Research Fellow, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

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Further Details about the Summit

The Ecocity World Summit program, to be held 12-14 July 2017, will bring together an outstanding gathering of Australian and international speakers including:

  • The Hon Al Gore: Former US Vice President and Chair of The Climate Reality Project
  • Debra Roberts: Climate Change Adviser to ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Aroma Revi: Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
  • Senator Ronan Dantec: Climate Spokesman for United Cities and Local Governments
  • Rachmat Whitoelar: Indonesian President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change
  • Kate Auty: Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, ACT Government
  • Katherine Gibson: Professorial Fellow, Western Sydney University
  • Harriet Bulkeley: Professor of Geography, Durham University
  • Andy Merrifield: Author of ‘The New Urban Question’
  • Kevin Austin: Deputy CEO of C40

International spotlight on Indigenous public health equity

Media release from the World Federation of Public Health Associations

The World Federation of Public Health Associations has formed its first Indigenous Working Group on its 50th Anniversary.

At the 15th World Congress on Public Health Melbourne conference, 40 Indigenous and non-Indigenous conference delegates of the yarning circle unanimously supported in principle the establishment of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) Indigenous Working Group.

The Public Health Association of Australia, on Tuesday 4th April 2017, hosted a yarning circle to talk about establishing an Indigenous Working Group. The yarning circle was led by Adrian Te Patu, the inaugural Indigenous representative on the World Federation of Public Health Associations Governing Council.

Once supported by the delegates, the formation of the Indigenous Working Group was accepted by acclimation by the world assembly of Public Health Associations. Under Mr. Te Patu’s leadership, the next steps are to formalise the Indigenous Working Group and develop its vision.

The Indigenous Working Group will provide an opportunity to bring to the global public health and civil society arena a visible and prominent Indigenous voice that privileges an Indigenous world view and narrative. We intend to create a platform for change, with the aim to address the health inequities experience by Indigenous peoples worldwide.

The WFPHA’s function and mandate includes its link into the global health governance mechanisms such as the World Health Organisation.


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