Please note: This is now an online event due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Research for Development Impact Network (RDI Network) and The University of Queensland invite you to join academics and practitioners from across the development sector to join in a panel session and networking evening online via Zoom.
Celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on the 21st of May, we will explore cultural diversity in sustainable development. Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, and this event will provide us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity.
Under the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression, there are four goals that underpin development practice as we move towards making the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality.
The UNESCO goals aim to 1) support sustainable systems of governance for culture, 2) achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services, 3) integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks, and 4) promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.
In particular, what kind of dialogue do we need to have, to recognise cultural diversity while achieving SDG 3: Health and Welbeing, SDG 5: Gender Equity, and SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities?
Hear from a panel of thought leaders and experts offering diverse experiences and ideas on welcoming and recognising intersectionality and the pluriverse – culture, ethics, gender, abilities, class and socio-economic status – in sustainable development, including:
- Dr. Claire Brolan. UQ’s Dr. Claire Brolan is an academic focusing on intersecting global health and development policy, governance, equity and rights issues. In particular, critically looking at the implementation of SDGs/2030 Agenda in Australia as well as in the Asia-Pacific region
- Dr. Heloise Weber. UQ’s Dr. Heloise Weber examines the historical and contemporary politics of inequalities and injustices. Her research addresses how knowledge-production and representation shape and justify the framing of ‘development’ and the implication of those represented (or not).
- Jim Walker. UQ’s Jim Walker has advocated for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in excess of 20 years, both in Australia and internationally. He is an Aboriginal man of the Jagera, Yiman and Goreng Goreng First Nations peoples of Queensland, Australia.
- Mohamed Nur. An industrial designer and community activist based in Melbourne, Australia. With a focus on how design can be used within government and community development, his work has focused on trying to bridge the gap between those on the frontline and policy makers.
Come prepared to ask questions, share your own ideas, learn from peers and build your networks. Please download the flyer and share this opportunity with your networks.
The event is open to academics, students, NGO staff, private sector practitioners and consultants working in international development. This event was originally a face-to-face event in Brisbane. We are encouraging folks from Queensland to join this event as we intend to turn this event back into an in-person event when the pandemic is over.
Via Zoom, we will hear from panelists, have opportunities to ask questions, participate in group brainstorming activities and small, structured group work. To facilitate further networking after the event, guests will receive a list of attendees who have expressed interest in chatting further.
The event is free to attend. A detailed agenda and instructions for using Zoom will be made available closer to the event. We will make the event as comfortable as possible online!
Registration is essential for planning purposes: click here to secure your place.