Sixth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)

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8am PDT Wednesday, September 26 2018 to
9am PDT Friday, September 28 2018
Columbia University in New York City.
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Robert 11 days ago

The Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Sixth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 26-28 September 2018, at Columbia University in New York City.

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 starting May 1, 2018.

The conference theme is Breaking Down Silos: Fostering Collaborative Action on the SDGs. 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 (listed in order):

- Linking Policy, Operations, and Workforce toward Meeting Global Health Goals
- Opportunities of Marine Natural Capital for Sustainable Blue Growth
Metrics and frameworks for assessing Sustainable Urban Development
- Ensuring Public Engagement and Accountability for Sustainable Urban Development
- Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Towns and Small Cities
- Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building in Agriculture
- Economics and Demography of Natural Disasters
- Clean and Affordable Energy as a Keystone for Sustainable Development
- Globalization, Value Chains and Decent Work
- Indigenous Approaches to Understanding and Practicing Sustainable Development
- Mainstreaming Gender in Agenda 2030: Interlinkages between Sustainable Development Goals
- Breaking Down Silos in Government Administration
- Breaking Down Silos in Universities: Imaginative Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Development Research, Education, and Practice
- Collaborative Arts & Culture to Help Achieve the SDGs
- What's Law Got to Do With It? Legal Preparedness for Delivering the SDGs

Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English, by 1 May, 2018, 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 2018. 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, 2018, 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 2018 deadline may also forfeit their spot in the agenda.

Abstract Timeline

1 March 2018 Call for Abstracts Open

1 May 2018 Deadline for Submission of Abstracts

1 June 2018 Abstract Decision Letters Emailed

1 August 2018 Full Papers Due (For Accepted Abstracts Only)

1 September 2018 Registration Deadline for Presenters


Visit our online portal to submit your abstract.



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