The Dialogue program spanned four days and was located in Vietnam. It began in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam and continued to the dynamic business hub of Ho Chi Minh City. The program built on the work of the 2017 Dialogue by looking beyond 2019 towards a sustainable future.
The guiding framework for the program was five of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, Quality Education, Climate Action, Sustainable Cities and Communities. These goals continue to be highly relevant to both Australia and Vietnam. Each day, the program was organised around a theme that works within the framework.
DAY 2 | Harnessing Opportunities
Centered around harnessing opportunities, delegates were challenged to consider how they can redesign our economies to respond to the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Entrepreneurial and social responsible thinking to address inequalities was examined and followed by a session on optimising performance and pitching with impact.
DAY 1 | Global Leadership
Delegates explored how to lead with courage and the need for humility to develop their own leadership capacity. This was followed by a session on governance in a globalized world looking at how delegates could personally take the lead in developing more inclusive, accountable and public-spirited organisations. The day finished with a lunch reception with the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam.
DAY 3 | Sustaining Our Futures
Delegated explored where Australia and Vietnam are at in terms of educating for innovation and the economic needs of the 21st century. This was followed by a critical panel session on gender justice and environmental sustainability and how delegates can consider sustainable practices in their communities and sectors they are working in.
DAY 4 | Building Momentum
Delegates participated in sessions on Australia and Vietnam 2030: exploring identity, aspirations and challenges. Delegates had the opportunity to work on their delegate projects and their cohort’s vision for 2030.