ICSD 2018

  • September 26 – 28, 2018 / Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • @ICSD_Conf #ICSD2018

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  1. Day 1

  2. Registration Opens

  3. Parallel Sessions

  4. Coffee Break

  5. Parallel Sessions

  6. Poster Session (Lunch will be Served)

  7. Parallel Sessions

  1. Day 2

  2. Registration Opens

  3. Welcome Remarks, Opening Keynotes

  4. Coffee Break

  5. City Action on the SDGs

  6. Dancing with the Future

    Are humans able to cooperate with future generations? This joint production of The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED) of Harvard University explores this question at the boundaries of art and science. A stage game, designed by IIASA research scholar Piotr Magnuszewski, will invite the audience to find out whether it has the capacity to leave enough resources behind for future generations. Performers include acclaimed dancers Gloria Benedikt and Mimmo Miccolis. More information

  7. Lunch (on your own)

  8. Low-Emissions Solutions: The Future of the Energy Transition (LESC)

    The successful implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement will depend on the deployment of Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDSs). This panel, part of the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC), will bring together experts to discuss a decarbonized economy and how to meet global committments to halt climate change.

  9. Technology and Innovation for the SDGs

  10. Closing Keynote

  1. Climate Change, the Courts, and the Paris Agreement

    *free, separate registration required*

    This conference, co-hosted by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, will examine how sub-national governments and NGOs use litigation to hold governments and corporations accountable for their contributions to climate change. More information and registration is available online.

  2. The Global Pact for the Environment: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on the Future of International Environmental Governance

    *free, separate registration required*

    In early May the UNGA voted to create a working group to identify and assess gaps in international environmental governance, kicking off formal diplomatic work for a Global Pact for the Environment. This follows a year of exciting developments on the Pact, including the initial drafting of a pact “blueprint” in Paris, President Macron’s Summit to introduce the Pact at the UN in September, and a program of conferences and consultations around the world. This conference will build upon this work, bringing together a group of leading experts to discuss the path forward. More information and registration is available online.

  3. Concert for a Sustainable Planet

    *separate ticket required, conference participants can use promo code SDG29583 for 15% off tickets*

    This concert, taking place at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, will feature classical, contemporary, and jazz pieces that communicate the themes of the SDGs. Please see the concert website for full details.

  4. Food Forum

    details forthcoming

  5. Low-Emission Solutions Conference (LESC)

    details forthcoming


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