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Better Futures Forum: New wave of speakers confirmed, including BAN KI-MOON

15.7.21 — Tickets are now available for the online Better Futures Australia Forum, 17-19 August, bringing together visionary leaders from every sector of the economy and society who are accelerating the transition to our better, healthier and more prosperous, zero emissions future.

Leaders in energy, business, finance, health, agriculture, transport, local and state government, unions and First Nations communities will showcase their plans and achievements in reducing carbon emissions, and publicly launch their collective commitment to ambitious national climate action. Providing a unique platform for the robust exchange of ideas, the Better Futures Forum will help catalyse the innovations and opportunities of the energy transformation and is timed for maximum influence on the Australian position at the UN Climate Conference in November.

Better Futures Australia can reveal several of the keynote speakers for the event, including Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations; NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean; US Climate and Foreign Policy Advisor Jonathan Pershing; UNFCCC High-Level Champion of Chile, Entrepreneur Mr Gonzalo Muñoz; CEO of HESTA superfund, Debby Blakey; Founder and CEO of Vulcan Energy, Dr. Francis Wedin; Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation, Cathryn Eatock; and President of the National Council of Churches, Bishop Philip Huggins. 

They will be joined by a diverse lineup of experts including senior leaders from businesses and organisations such Wesfarmers, Tyson Foods, Australian Impact Investments, Intrepid Travel, Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Farmers for Climate Action, Smart Energy Council, Green Building Council of Australia, Outdoor Council of Australia, and many others at the cutting edge of climate action in their sectors.  

Further speakers will be announced as part of an agenda which includes sessions ranging from state and local government and private sector ambition to decarbonise the economy; opportunities for driving further climate action across sectors for a healthy, resilient Australia; to showcasing contributions towards Australia's fair share of the Paris Agreement; and much much more. 

Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor, Better Futures Forum keynote speaker, said, 

I believe that everybody has a part to play in creating a low carbon economy, so whether it’s a resident, or a community group or a business or a level of government, it's only if everyone works together that this is going to happen.”    

You can now secure your tickets for the event and view updates to the Forum program, which will be hosted by presenter, filmmaker and comedian Dan Ilic.

The Forum will be held in a dynamic virtual space that connects individuals through interactive plenary sessions, lightning talks, workshops, exhibits and entertainment across a number of virtual stages.  

Lisa Cliff, Better Futures Australia program manager said, 

Australians are ready for the opportunities the climate challenge presents – to create sustainable jobs, regenerate industries, renew regions, and make Australia a clean energy superpower. Climate leaders from every sector will join us at the Better Futures Forum to share ideas and navigate our way forward, as they call on the Federal Government to work with them, and deliver ambitious climate targets that align with the States and Territories, our major trading partners and comparable nations, capitalising on our generational opportunity to create a healthier and more prosperous future for us all.”

Join us as we engage on the defining issue of our time with people who are shaping the future now.

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