BEN WONG (COMPASS HOUSING SERVICES)

BEN WONG (COMPASS HOUSING SERVICES)

Name : Ben Wong
Organization : Compass Housing Services
PCG : CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS
 
Background :
I am currently the Manager, International & Stakeholder Relations in Compass Housing Services, an International Housing Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) based in Sydney, Australia with operations in NZ and the Pacific region. I am responsible for developing and building international, bi-lateral and local networks and collaborations with major stakeholders in Asia Pacific relating to housing, sustainable urban development , climate change & resilience including the localizing implementation of the SDGs and NUA in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.
Last 6 years, I have been mainly responsible for Compass being granted Special Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC; its active engagement with the UN- Habitat and key events leading to HAB III, including making a Statement in the UNH General Assembly at HAB III. I led and coordinate the multi-disciplines/sectoral Australian Delegation to HAB III (2016) and WUF9 (2018). More recently, I was responsible for Compass being accredited as an International Development Organization with the Australia Council for International Development (ACFID)and submission to seek accreditation with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
I have good knowledge and understanding of the structures and operation across UN systems, international and regional organizations and national and local governments in Asia Pacific. I also have good working knowledge of the meeting proceedings and protocols of the UN-sponsor international and regional High Level and Thematic forums and meetings.
I have attended the UN-Habitat Preparatory Committee and High-Level regional meetings including HAB III. I was a member of the Advisory Board representative the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) group to draft the Jakarta Declaration at the UNH High-Level Regional meeting for Asia Pacific. I attended the ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9) in 2018.
 
I was a member of the WUC s Working Group 1 on Mobilization, Outreach and Co-Creation: Stakeholder relations in 2017. More recently, I was a member of WUC s Working Group 2 and contributed to the drafting of the recently endorsed New Terms of Reference for the WUC. I also represented Compass and attended the WUC Steering Committee meeting held at WUF9 in 2018. I am an active participant of the WUC s Urban Thinker s Campus (UTC) including the recent Covid-19 Urban Thinkers  series and Compass  UTC on Affordable Housing.
 
At a regional level, I have built good networking and working relations with relevant Ministers and Senior officials from national governments and Mayors of local councils in the SIDS in the Pacific. I have established strong collaborative relationship with the UNH Regional Office
 
Past role in constituency/WUC :
  • Compass Housing Services is a Lead Partner with WUC and has been actively engaging and contributing to WUC’s consultative and development process of its strategic directions, policy development and advocacy initiatives on matters pertaining to urban unsustainable development, localization of the implementation of NUA and achieving the SDGs as follows:
  • Attended WUC Steering Committee meetings at WUF 9 (2018) and WUF10 (2020);
  • Compass Senior Staff including the Group Managing Directors was member of the following Working Groups and contribution to the drafting of WUC policy and strategic direction documents:
2017:
  • Working Group 1 on Stakeholder relations: Mobilization, Outreach and Co-Creation
  • Working Group 2 on Agency Relations: Finance, Accountability, and Advocacy
2020
  • Working Group 1 on WUC Vision and Mission
  • Working Group 2 on WUC Steering Committee Terms of Reference (ToR)
  • Actively participated and contributed to WUC’s Urban Thinkers Campus. Organized a UTC on Affordable Housing in 2020.
  • Attended the First WUC Assembly meeting on 18 June 2020.
 
Motivations :
I am driven by his passion and commitment to equity and fairness to all and his Christian values of social justice. I am also very committed to contributing to Australia’s role in the Asia Pacific as a good neighbor and an advocate of “leaving no one behind” and “adequate & safe housing for all”. 
I am strongly committed to the implementing the NUA as an accelerator to achieving the SDGs both in Australia, the Pacific and globally. 
I strong believe that the WUC is the appropriate and good platform to engage civil societies organizations, Non-Government and Private sectors to effectively advocate and influence policy and set strategic directions for localized implementation of the NUA toward achieving the SDGs. 
I firmly believe as CSO PCG, we are in a good position to promote and facilitate the engagement and participation of the constituent groups that we are representing to have their views and voices heard and to influence policy development and strategic directions and decisions at global, regional and bilateral levels. 
 
Vision :
My vision and future role of the CSO PCG is as follows:
• The strengthen and growth of the CSO PCG via a regional network structure which will enhance networking and engagement with higher number of CSO members.