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2023 AIIA ACT Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 2023 AIIA ACT Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held from 5.30pm-6:00pm on Thursday 7 September at the AIIA Conference Centre, Stephen House, 32 Thesiger Court, Deakin, ACT. Please note that the AGM is for financial AIIA (ACT) members only. It will be held in-person and not be broadcast online via Zoom.

The AGM will be followed by a presentation by Professor Michele Acuto. The presentation will immediately follow the AGM from 6:00pm-7:00pm and will be live streamed online to registrants not attending the AGM. Drinks and nibbles will be available for members attending the AGM and presentation in person from 5:15pm.

Nomination for positions on Council and proxy forms for the AGM are available here​. Nominations must be received by the Public Officer at, by 4 September 2023, using the form provided. Notice of proxies are required 24 hours before the scheduled start of the meeting and should be addressed to the President. The President's and Treasurer's Reports for 2022-2023, the financial statements, and other documents for the AGM are available here​.

Presentation by Professor Michele Acuto 'Should we give city diplomacy a chance?'

Some of today's most pressing global governance challenges, from the climate crisis to collapsing biodiversity and pressing pandemic threats, have very tangible implications on our streets. Cities have not been standing idle, and a busy realm of "city diplomacy" has emerged in the past three decades across a wide variety of geopolitical areas. From United Nations agencies and frameworks, major businesses, academia and not least a growing cast of states, the role of cities in tackling shared international challenges is a key dimension all diplomats and policymakers need to grasp rapidly in an increasingly urbanised world. Building on a review of how the world of cities' international affairs has evolved and on how multilateral, non-governmental and state actors have engaged with it, Professor Michele Acuto will outline key recent innovations, practical ways in which city diplomacy and international urban cooperation initiatives are presenting effective innovations in international relations, and led a discussion as to why we need to care about our local mayors, and how we can and should build better 'urban' expertise at all level of foreign policymaking. Anyone is welcome to register!


Drinks + Nibbles
Annual General Meeting
Presentation by guest speaker
Michele Acuto
  • Michele Acuto (Professor at University of Melbourne)

    Michele Acuto

    Professor at University of Melbourne

    Professor Michele Acuto is director of the Melbourne Centre for Cities at the University of Melbourne, where he is also Professor in Urban Politics and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. He is a recognised voice in international politics and urban governance, with specific expertise on questions surrounding the future of cities and their relation to global challenges. He is also currently a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and was Professor of Diplomacy at University College London, having previously worked for the Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford. Outside academia, Michele worked at the World Bank, European Commission, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the World Health Organization.

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AIIA National Convention Centre, Stephen House
32 Thesiger Court
Deakin, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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