Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)

Country: USA

City: New York

Abstr. due: 01.05.2017

Dates: 18.09.17 — 19.09.17

Area Of Sciences: Economics and management;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: Columbia University


The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 18 & 19 September, 2017, at Columbia University in New York City. Abstract submission and conference registration will take place on the conference website.

If you would like to present at the conference, you must submit an abstract as directed below. The conference is also open to observers (i.e. non-presenters). Simply register on the conference website to join us.

The conference theme is The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels. Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the following Topics. We have a large number of topics on offer this year, several focusing on specific SDGs:

    Poverty Eradication, Social Protection, and Equality in the SDGs
    Agronomy for Sustainable Development
    Tools & Technology to Improve Health in Rural Areas
    Health Economics
    Health and Sustainable Development
    The Role of Universities in the Implementation of the SDGs
    Education for Sustainable Development: An Issue of Consciousness and Values
    Gender and Sustainable Development
    Sustainable Use of Water Resources
    Water, Energy, and Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change and the SDGs
    Towards Affordable and Clean Energy through Life Cycle Thinking
    Governance of Energy Transformations: Key to Sustainable Electric Systems
    Green Growth: How Can We All Profit from the Low Carbon Transition?
    Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Approaches to Sustainable Development
    Sustainable Development Challenges in Urban Areas (Climate, Water, Natural Resources, Transportation, etc.)
    Fostering Equity and Social Inclusion in Cities
    Sustainable Consumption and Production
    Building Resilience to Climate Change
    Extreme Events Affecting Life and Livelihood for Small Island States
    Sustainable Blue Growth
    Conserving Habitats and Biodiversity in Latin America & the Caribbean
    The Role of Natural Resources in Peace-Building

And several cross-cutting:

    Economics and Demography of Natural Disasters
    Enhancing the Resilience of Livelihoods and Production Systems in the Sahel, Africa
    The Arts as a Tool to Raise Awareness of the SDGs
    Indicators, Feedback Loops, and Impact Evaluation for the SDGs
    Sustainability Science from SDSN Northern Europe
    New Technologies and Solutions for Development Practice

Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English, via the conference website. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one topic. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or the submission of the same abstract under multiple topics is likely to result in the abstract being declined.

The scientific committee will review abstracts and send all decision letters by 30 May 2017. Abstracts can be accepted as either poster or oral (i.e. PowerPoint) presentations. Presenters invited to give oral presentations must submit a full paper by 1 August 2017 in order to maintain their position in the program. Presenters failing to submit full papers will be moved to poster presentations. Presenters who do not register before the 1 September 2017 deadline may also forfeit their spot in the agenda.

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