ICSD 2017

  • September 18 – 20, 2017 / Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • @ICSD_Conf #ICSD2017

Please mark your calendars for ICSD 2017 which will take place on September 18 & 19, 2017, on the Columbia University Campus in New York! Our theme for this year is The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable DevelopmentRegistration is currently open. If you submitted an abstract, it is currently being reviewed. Decision letters will be sent around June 1.

Please also note that we will have additional side events on September 20, 2017! A list of side events and registration information will be posted in the conference agenda below!

Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Alaa Murabit UN Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate

    A medical doctor, Alaa Murabit is one of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocates, a United Nations High-Level Commissioner for Health Employment and Economic Growth, a TED speaker, founder of VLW, co-founder of Omnis Institute and a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. She was recently named a 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30, an Aspen Institute Spotlight Health Scholar for her work in global health policy and a Harvard University Law 2017 “Woman Inspiring Change”. Her TED Talk was named “TED Talk of the Day” and one of four “moving TED Talks to watch right now” by The New York Times.

    Nicknamed the “Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart, Alaa was driven by her desire to create inclusive processes and institutions and founded VLW at the age of 21. With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms and utilizing traditional and historical role models Alaa champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programs, such as the groundbreaking “Noor Campaign” have been replicated internationally.

    She currently serves as a trustee for The Malala Fund, International Alert, Malaria No More, Keeping Children Safe and is an advisor to ConnectHer. Named The New York Times “International Trust Women Hero 2014”, Alaa is an Ashoka Fellow, Alaa is the youngest Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award recipient, a Newsweek “25 under 25 to watch”, a BBC News “100 Top Woman”, the 2015 SAFE Global Hero and a Virgin Unite Changemaker.

  • Jeffrey D. Sachs Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network

    Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.

    Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Center for Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). His most recent books are To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013) and The Age of Sustainable Development (2015).

    Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

    Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. Professor Sachs is also a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and Time magazine.

    Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.

Agenda

  1. Welcome Reception and Early Registration

  1. Day 1

  2. Registration Opens

  3. Keynote Addresses

  4. Coffee Break

  5. Panel

  6. Lunch Break

    Lunch on your own

  7. Panel

  8. Concert for a Sustainable Planet

    *Separate ticket required*

    Concert for a Sustainable Planet hopes to foster a dialogue and inspire concrete action towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The program features classical pieces, such as Beethoven’s Eroica, alongside contemporary pieces, including world premieres by composers Ronen Shapira and Merlijn Twaalfhoven. Shapira joins the ensemble, and Twaalfhoven directs the performers together with the audience in an innovative, collaborative piece. Tickets are available now on the Carnegie Hall Website.

  1. Day 2

  2. Registration Opens

  3. Parallel Sessions

  4. Coffee Break

  5. Parallel Sessions

  6. Poster Session (lunch will be served)

    Lunch will be served

  7. Parallel Sessions

  8. Amazon Solutions Day

    **Free but separate registration required online**

    This official ICSD side event will explore sustainable development in the context of the Amazon Basin Region of South America. Panels will look at the role of young people, biodiversity, and sharing regional science and knowledge with the world.

  1. Day 3 (Side Events, Separate Registration Required)

  2. Low Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC)

  3. Global Pact for the Environment

    *Free but separate registration required*

    Coinciding with the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, this Conference will offer a high-level opportunity to explore the complex legal and political challenges of the Global Pact in light of existing agreements and soft law principles on the environment, and the current global political scene. More information and free registration are available on the event webpage.