Conference Sponsors



People and the Planet 2013 is supported by the following organisations


RMIT is a global university of technology and design and Australia’s largest tertiary institution. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in practical education and outcome-oriented research. RMIT is a leader in technology, design, global business, communication, global communities, health solutions and urban sustainable futures.
The Global Cities Research Institute was inaugurated in 2006 to bring together key researchers at RMIT University, Australia, working on understanding the complexity of globalizing urban settings from provincial centres to mega-cities. The emphasis of our research is on questions of resilience, security, sustainability, and adaptation in the face of the processes of globalization and global climate change. We focus on a number of carefully-chosen cities and their hinterlands and engage in cutting-edge and applied research that has real-world consequences for communities, governments and organizations.  Our overall aim is to develop interpretations and strategies for building sustainable cities in the world today, contributing to the quality of human life and the viability of ecologies in those places.
The UN Global Compact Cities Programme (UNGCCP) is an international secretariat which is hosted by RMIT through the Global Cities Research Institute. It is the urban arm of the UN Global Compact and it’s purpose is to offer city leaders an alternative governance framework to managing intractable urban issues. The UNGCCP works closely with the Global Cities Research Institute research leaders to integrate research work into on-the-ground projects.
The Cultural Development Network is an independent non-profit organisation that links communities, artists, local government and organisations in order to promote cultural vitality. The Cultural Development Network advocates a stronger role for cultural expression to build a healthier, more engaged and sustainable society and are based in Melbourne, Australia.
Global Reconciliation grew out of the Global Reconciliation Network, a collaboration between RMIT and Monash Universities going back to 2002. Global Reconciliation brings together members of community groups, social activists, academics and others around the world, working towards the broad goal of reconciliation. Here reconciliation is understood as the process of establishing dialogue and collaborative practice across the divides of difference—nationality, religion, race and culture. It is focused upon grounded engagement with local communities. The patrons of Global Reconciliation include The Reverend Desmond Tutu, The Honourable Sir William Deane, Aung San Suu Kyi, President Jose Ramos-Horta, Professor Bernard Lown, Professor Amartya Sen, and Dr Lowitja O’Donaghue.
Original Foods Sustainable Catering was established in 2003 in response to increased awareness and demand across Melbourne for delicious, high quality corporate and private catering that genuinely met the highest standards of sustainability in procurement, production and distribution. In recent years Original Foods has been recognised for its service standards and sustainable practices through a number industry bodies and awards
The World Urban Campaign is a Global Coalition of public, private and civil society partners working towards a sustainable urban future. The Campaign seeks to :

  • To Unite: demonstrate to public, private and social sectors that investing in creative, resilient and communities are essential tour future. 
  • To Connect: create lasting linkages among all city changers and facilitate the coherent and strategic coordination of partners.
  • To Enable: provide the means to achieve creative resilient and sustainable cities and communities. 
  • To Measure: Establish benchmarks, monitor progress and share knowledge worldwide.
World Vision Australia is part of an international aid organization for children and youth, mostly in rural areas. In order to begin a reorientation of its operations globally towards urban engagement, World Vision has established a Centre of Expertise for Urban Programming. The Global Cities Institute is working with the Centre to develop an integrated approach to sustainable urban and community development. The approach is based on the ‘Circles of Sustainability’ method that is also used by the UN Global Compact Cities Programme. It will establish a process for initiating, monitoring and evaluating projects and for locally negotiating indicators of sustainability.