PROPOSED DATES: 28 – 31 March 2022
If successful, the WD2022 conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The four-day conference includes a plenary as well as up to 18 concurrent sessions and a 20,000+sqm exhibition.
Australia's bid is led by Melbourne Convention Bureau with the support of the Victorian Government and Australian Government.
As part of Australia's bid, a Local Advisory Committee was formed. Find out more here
One of Women Deliver’s key requirements is the ongoing involvement and support of the host country’s government. Australia’s bid demonstrates strong support across federal, state and local government. Find out more here.
OUR BIDDING JOURNEY SO FAR
In August 2018, Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) submitted a bid for the right to host the Women Deliver global conference in 2022. Melbourne has since been selected as a finalist against Bogota, Cape Town and Durban.
WOMEN DELIVER 2019 CONFERENCE , VANCOUVER
The 2019 Women Deliver Conference was held in Vancouver, 3-6 June, and attracted more than 8,000 attendees from 165 countries, including 300 journalists and 1,400 young leaders. MCB partnered with the State Government of Victoria to celebrate the launch of our bid to host Women Deliver 2022 with an official Bid Launch on Friday 14 June at Parliament House, Melbourne. Hosted by Victorian Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams MP, the morning tea was an opportunity to recognise Australian leaders and advocates who have worked tirelessly in their own fields to progress the country’s path to gender equality. This event was registered as an official Satellite Event as part of WD2019.
AUSTRALIAN SITE VISIT, 21 - 24 OCTOBER
A site visit was organised by Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian Office for Women as part of Australia’s bid to host Women Deliver 2022. Led by Chief Operating Officer, Kathleen Sherwin, Women Deliver representatives visited Melbourne and Canberra as part of an itinerary focusing on both logistics, security, accessibility and sustainability, as well as gender equality policy. A key highlight of the site visit was a Welcome Reception attended by 100 key players in the gender equality community hosted by the Victorian Office for Women Minister Gabrielle Williams MP and supported by Global Victoria and the Victorian Office for Women. Other program components included; a full tour of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) facilities, meetings with MCEC executives, meetings with key stakeholders across government and other organisations, lunch at Government House hosted by the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau and Minister Gabrielle Williams MP, networking sessions with key players in the private sector plus robust roundtable discussions. MCB’s CEO Julia Swanson also led a visit to Canberra for federal government engagement which is critical to the success of Australia’s bid.
In January 2020, another site visit will occur of the final shortlisted cities, with a public decision announcement in March 2020.