ICSD 2023

Thank You for Attending the
11th Annual International Conference on
Sustainable Development (ICSD)!

This year’s theme was
The Midpoint of the SDGs:
Global and Local Progress & Challenges 

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Featured Speakers

  • H.E. Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Born on June 13, 1963, in Kinshasa, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo is a statesman from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), President of the Republic since January 24, 2019.

    On December 30, 2018, he was elected President of the Republic for a five-year term. At 55, he became the 5th President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the first peaceful transfer of power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    On February 09, 2020, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo was appointed current President of the African Union for 2021/2022.

  • Donald Kaberuka Chairman and Managing Partner, SouthBridge

    Dr. Donald Kaberuka served as the 7th President of the African Development Bank, from 2005 to 2015. A Rwandan economist, Dr. Kaberuka is credited for expanding the reach and impact of the AfDB, Africa’s premier financial institution, during his two terms as President. He was also Special Envoy of the African Union on Financing the Peace Fund and COVID-19 response, and served as the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of Rwanda from 1997 to 2005. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of several organizations and think tanks, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center for Global Development, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, The Brookings Institution, and the London School of Economics. He serves on the International Advisory Council of Standard Chartered Bank and Co-Chair of the Oxford-LSE Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development. In 2017 he was nominated to Chair the panel on the third External Evaluation of the International Monetary Fund. Since retiring from the African Development Bank, he has served as Chairman and Managing Partner of SouthBridge, an investment advisory firm which he co-founded. He was elected in 2019 as Chair of the Board of The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

  • Amina Mohammed Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

    Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group.

    Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment. Ms. Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Ms. Mohammed began her career working on the design of schools and clinics in Nigeria. She served as an advocate focused on increasing access to education and other social services, before moving into the public sector, where she rose to the position of adviser to four successive Presidents on poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development. Ms. Mohammed has been conferred several honorary doctorates and has served as an adjunct professor, lecturing on international development. The recipient of various global awards, Ms. Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels.

  • Gerd Müller Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as of 10 December 2021, has had various leadership positions from an early stage in his career. Following his tenure as a Member of the European Parliament, he was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in 2005. In 2013, he was appointed Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in the German Government. Gerd Müller has many years of experience in the fields of multilateral cooperation, sustainability, sustainable management and innovative agriculture. Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate action, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Beijing Declaration on Gender Equality are key focus areas of his work.

  • Dongyu Qu Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations

    Dr. Qu Dongyu took office on 1 August 2019 as the ninth Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and was re-elected for a second four-year term on 2 July 2023.

    During his first term, Dr. Qu championed a wide range of reforms and initiatives to overhaul the Organization’s business model, improving efficiency and implementing best practices that support programs and administrative effectiveness.

    Dr. Qu strongly advocated for the transformation of agrifood systems to make them more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable and promote the Four Betters: better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind with the ultimate goal of helping Members to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Before first being elected as FAO Director-General, Dr. Qu served as China’s Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), where one of his achievements was to promote inclusive and innovative development and make sure information and communication technologies (ICT) were available in rural areas so that more than 400 million farmers could use their smartphones as a new farming tool. Another national initiative led by Dr. Qu was to improve reporting of wholesale prices for agricultural products in China and foster the establishment of more than 100 specialty production areas geared to making local comparative advantages work to the benefit of local farmers.

    As Vice Governor of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, one of China’s landlocked and poorest areas, Dr. Qu formulated action plans aimed at poverty reduction, disaster reduction and prevention, women empowerment, agritourism and mutual learning platforms designed to boost trust between ethnic groups.

    Before serving the senior leadership roles in government at central and local level, Dr. Qu was the Vice President of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the Human Resources Director at the China Three Gorges Project Development Corporation, a $40 billion investment project.

  • Hiba Ahmed Director-General, Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD)

    Dr. Hiba Ahmed was appointment in June 2022 as Director-General, Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) the poverty reduction arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group.

    The ISFD was established on 29 May 2007 as a special fund within IsDB specializing in fighting poverty and promoting pro-poor economic growth.

    Since its inception, ISFD has approved US$ 1.3 billion in loans and grants supporting 321 poverty alleviation projects. 80% of ISFD’s project portfolio falls in the least developed member countries (LDMCs) within the IsDB Group.

    The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), the poverty reduction arm of the IsDB Group, is dedicated to reducing poverty in its member countries by promoting pro-poor growth, emphasizing human development, especially improvements in health care and education, and providing financial support to enhance the productive capacity and sustainable means of income for the poor, including financing employment opportunities, providing market outlets especially for the rural poor and improving basic rural and pre-urban infrastructure.

    Dr. Hiba, a Sudanese citizen, graduated from the department of economics, the University of Khartoum, then moved to the United States and completed her graduate studies in Michigan, where she earned both her MA and Ph.D. She also earned several post-graduate certificates in economics and sustainable development from Harvard University.
    She began her career as an employee at the Central Bank of Sudan in Khartoum, after which she traveled abroad to continue her studies. She worked for the World Bank, Saudi Aramco Oil Company, United Nations Development Program, United States Agency for International Development, and the International Food Policy Research Institute focusing on economic development and poverty alleviation.

    She returned to Sudan in 2019, where she held the position of Director-General for the General Authority for Investment and Private Sector Development. In 2020, she was appointed Minister of Finance and Economic Planning making her the first female Minister of Finance for Sudan.

    As Minister of Finance, she led international cooperation efforts including the “Friends of Sudan” initiative comprising more than 40 donors and was responsible for resource mobilization of up to US$2 billion for the country in 2020. During her tenure, she also led Sudan’s US$60 billion debt restructuring and was responsible for administering the IMF’s Staff Monitored Program for macroeconomic stabilization.

  • Tim Carter President, Second Nature

    Tim Carter is President of Second Nature, a U.S.-based non-profit with a mission to accelerate climate action in, and through, higher education. As president, Dr. Carter provides strategic leadership for the organization, including designing pathways for the 400+ schools in Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network and University Climate Change Coalition to leverage all their diverse institutional strengths to help meet society's climate goals. Prior to Second Nature, Dr. Carter was the founding director of Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology (CUE). Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. in Ecology with distinction from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia and completed his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He lives with his family in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is an avid home coffee-roaster.

  • Maria Cortes-Puch Vice President for Networks, SDSN

    María Cortés Puch joined SDSN in 2013 and currently leads its efforts to build a global network of universities, research centers and civil society organizations that pursue sustainable development innovation locally through research, public education, executive training, demonstration projects, convening of social stakeholders and incubation of solutions.

    Prior to joining the SDSN, María worked for UNESCO at the Science Policy and Sustainable Development Division, coordinated the European energy and transport programs at the Polytechnic University in Madrid, and worked as a Scientific Officer at the Spanish Office for Science and Technology in Brussels. Maria holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University (Fulbright scholar) and BSc. and MSc. degrees in Physics from the Complutense University in Madrid. She currently lives in Madrid with her family.

  • Fiona Goodwin Deputy CEO, EAUC – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education

    Fiona is Deputy CEO at EAUC – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education. Having over 20 years’ experience of working in sustainability in the education sector, she leads on key initiatives, including the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges, the Green Gown Awards, the SDG Accord, the Carbon Coalition and the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard. Fiona is a member of the UN Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), the UNEP Youth Education Alliance (YEA) and the UK Universities Climate Network and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Fiona is the lead for EAUC’s Observer/Consultative status with UNFCCC & UN ECOSOC.

  • Erica Gerretsen Director, DG INTPA, DG DEVCO, European Commission

    Erica Gerretsen holds a Master in Business Administration from Université Paris Dauphine and a Master in Urban planning and local administration of Sciences Po in Paris. She has been working for the European Commission since 1995, in external relations. She is a French and Dutch national. She has been posted in EU Delegations in Slovenia prior to accession and in Benin as Economic advisor. She has been working in the European Commission Directorate General in charge of international development cooperation (DG DEVCO) since 2003, mostly on Africa. She has been deputy Head of Unit for West Africa in 2012 and then became Head of Unit of the Central Africa region in 2013. She shortly led the Unit in charge of financing for development and development effectiveness in 2016.

    In 2016, she was appointed Head of Unit in DEVCO A4 "Budget Support, Public Finance Management and Domestic Revenue Mobilisation". In 2021, she was the Acting Director for the newly established Directorate in charge of “Sustainable Finance, Jobs and Growth, an Economy that works for the People” of DG INTPA for International Partnerships. Her previous post was the Head of Unit in DG INTPA E1 “Macro-economic Analysis, Fiscal Policies and Budget Support and Deputy Director in DG INTPA E “Sustainable Finance, Investment and Jobs; Economy that works for the People”. Currently she is the Director in DG INTPA Directorate G “Human Development, Migration, Governance and Peace”.

  • Lamia Kamal-Chaoui Director, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

    Lamia Kamal-Chaoui is Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. As part of the OECD Executive team, she leads the Centre’s work to advance the OECD mission of “better policies for better lives” - ensuring that all people, all places and businesses of all sizes can prosper. Under her leadership, the Centre’s 180+ analysts work to address the most pressing issues facing cities, from cutting emissions to inclusive economic development, provide policy support to national and local leaders across the world and manage the world-leading Metropolitan Database, covering data for 700 cities. She has spearheaded many initiatives – including the Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers and the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Coalition – and fostered partnerships with the philanthropic and private sectors. Ms. Kamal-Chaoui holds degrees in Macroeconomics and Foreign Languages and was awarded "Women of the Decade in Enterprise and Leadership" by the Women's Economic Forum.

  • Obid Khakimov Vice Adviser to the President, Republic of Uzbekistan

    Obid Khakimov is Vice Adviser to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the development of economic sectors, and the implementation of investment and foreign trade policy. He is also Director of the Center for Economic Research and Reforms (CERR). Mr. Khakimov was appointed to this position in October 2019. CERR conducts analytical and applied research in order to develop proposals for strategic directions for deepening socio-economic reforms, including improving management in the field of economy, finance, entrepreneurship, and the social sphere.

    Prior to this appointment, from 2017 to 2019, Mr. Khakimov worked as the Head of the Sector for the protection of citizens' rights, and coordinated the work with the Administration of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. From 2012 to 2016, he worked as the First Deputy Rector of the Academy of State Governance under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. From 2010 to 2012 he held the position of Deputy Rector on Financial Affairs issues of the Westminster University in Tashkent (WIUT). Between 2007-2012 he held various positions at the WIUT. Mr. Khakimov holds a Bachelor's degree in Financial and Economic Sciences from Tashkent Financial Institute and a Master's degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University (USA). He also holds a PhD in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University (USA).

  • Guillaume Lafortune Vice President, SDSN

    Guillaume Lafortune is a Vice President at SDSN and also Head of the Paris Office. He leads the development of the SDSN's Sustainable Development Report, including the SDG Index and Dashboards. He has worked as an economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), specifically working with public governance reform and statistics. Guillaume was also one of the lead advisors for the OECD’s Government at a Glance report in 2015 and 2017. Additionally, he contributed to analytical work related to public sector efficiency, open government data and citizens’ satisfaction with public services. Earlier, Guillaume worked as an economist at the Ministry of Economic Development in the Government of Quebec (Canada). Guillaume holds a M.Sc in public administration from the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) in Montreal and a B.Sc in international economics from the University of Montreal.

  • Shirin Malekpour Associate Professor, Monash University

    Shirin Malekpour is a social scientist with expertise in strategic planning and governance for sustainable development. She has been Chief Investigator in multiple transdisciplinary research projects focusing on infrastructure planning, transformative adaptation, futures thinking, scenario planning under deep uncertainty, collaborative governance and localising the SDGs.

    In 2020, Shirin was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to a scientific advisory role and as one of the 15 members of the Independent Group of Scientists tasked with writing the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report. In 2018, she was recognised as one of the top 25 young scientists in the world in the field of sustainable development and received the international Green Talents award.

    She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy – flagship publication of the C40 initiative. She also co-leads a working group on sub-national SDG implementation in the Earth Systems Governance Network. Shirin has an interdisciplinary background and has previously worked as a civil engineer in large urban water infrastructure projects in Africa and the Middle East.

  • Simona Marinescu Senior Advisor for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), UNOPS

    Dr. Simona Marinescu is Senior Advisor for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at UNOPS. From 2018 to 2023, Dr. Marinescu served as UN Resident Coordinator for Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau, position in which she led the development of the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index for SIDS as well as extensive analyses on adequacy of the development financing system for vulnerable states.

    Prior to her role in the Pacific, Dr. Marinescu served as Director of the Development Impact Group in UNDP New York in charge of programme management and reporting to the Executive Board, knowledge management and innovation, South-South Cooperation and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Before serving in the UNDP HQ, Dr. Marinescu was Director of UNDP’s International Center for Private Sector in Development in Istanbul and Senior Economist and Programme Director for Economic Reforms in Iraq. Before joining the UN, Dr. Marinescu held positions at the World Bank and USAID and in her own Government as Minister of Labour and Social Protection (1997-2000) and Parliament as Senator, Chair of the Labour and Social Protection Committee of the Senate (2000-2004).

    Dr. Marinescu authored and co-authored numerous articles and studies with Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Prof. Malik Dahlan, the Scotia Group and others covering, inter-alia, development financing, climate resilience, ocean management, loss and damage, food system transformation and SDG progress in SIDS. Simona Marinescu holds a Ph.D. in International Business and Economics from the University of Bucharest, a Master’s in Economics and two Bachelors of Arts in Economics and in Computer Science as well as a Diploma in Leadership from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, and a Certificate in Labour Market Administration from the Cyprus International Institute of Management.

  • Jeffrey Sachs President, SDSN

    Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, bestselling author, innovative educator, and global leader in sustainable development. Sachs is widely recognized for bold and effective strategies to address complex challenges including the escape from extreme poverty, the global battle against human-induced climate change, international debt and financial crises, national economic reforms, and the control of pandemic and epidemic diseases.

    Sachs serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he holds the rank of University Professor, the university’s highest academic rank. Sachs was Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University from 2002 to 2016. He is President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Co-Chair of the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition, academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican, Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development, Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Honorary Distinguished Professor at Sunway University, and SDG Advocate for UN Secretary General António Guterres. From 2001-18, Sachs served as Special Advisor to UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan (2001-7), Ban Ki-moon (2008-16), and António Guterres (2017-18).

  • Maximilian Schnippering Head of Sustainability, Siemens Gamesa

    Maximilian is leading the global sustainability team at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Together with his team, he is working on the improvement of the environmental and social footprints along the whole value chain. Maximilian holds a PhD from the University of Hamburg.

  • Abdoulaye Bio Tchane Senior Minister in Charge of Development and Coordination of Government Action

    Abdoulaye Bio Tchane has been Senior Minister in Charge of Development and Coordination of Government Action for the Government of Benin since May 25, 2021. He is the number two man in the Government of President Patrice Talon.

    A renowned economist and financier, he holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Dijon (France), a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DES) in Banking, and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Islamic Finance. A pure product of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), he joined the institution in 1977 and spent most of his professional career there, holding several strategic positions: From 1992 to 1996, he was Assistant to the Governor of the BCEAO in Dakar (Senegal), headed at the time by Charles Konan Banny of Côte d'Ivoire. From 1994 to 1996, he was Secretary of the WAEMU Convergence Council, and from 1996 to 1998, he was Director of Research of the BCEAO. From May 1998 to January 2002, Bio Tchane served as the Minister of Economy and Finance of Benin, under President Mathieu Kerekou. His time in office was marked by the consolidation of public finances and an economic growth rate that exceeded 6% in 2001.

    On January 10, 2002, he was appointed Director of the African Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the highest position a Beninese has held to date within the Washington-based institution. After six years at the head of the IMF's African Department, he joined the West African Development Bank (WADB) in April 2008 as President of the institution, which he headed until 2011. On the political level, Bio Tchane is currently the President of the Republican Bloc, after having been President of the ABT Alliance (2010-2018). He was a candidate in the 2011 and 2016 presidential elections in Benin where he made women's empowerment and youth employment his main battle horse. Known for his rigorous work and his sense of results, Bio Tchane is also a passionate writer. He has signed several articles and op-eds on economic and financial issues. He is also the author of the book Fighting Corruption: An Imperative for the Development of Benin in the Global Economy; co-authored with Philippe Montigny.

  • John Thwaites Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Climateworks Centre

    Professor John Thwaites AM is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Climateworks Centre.

    John is Chair of Melbourne Water and a Director of Fair Trade Australia New Zealand. He has been Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board, President of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and a director of the Australian Green Building Council.

    John is the Chair of the National Sustainable Development Council, which has developed the Transforming Australia: SDGs Progress Report 2018. He was previously Chair of the National Sustainability Council an independent Council appointed by the Australian Government, which produced the Sustainable Australia Report in 2013.

    He is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations to provide expert advice and support to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. He is also the Chair of the SDSN Association, which operates the SDSN network around the world.

    In 2013, John was named as one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon Express. In 2015, he was awarded the “Planning Champion” award by the Planning Institute of Australia and in 2016 was awarded the Richard J Evans Award for excellence in recognition of outstanding contributions to planning in Victoria.

    John was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to the environment and to the people and Parliament of Victoria in the 2021 Australia Day Honours.

    John Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he held various Ministerial portfolios including Minister of Health, Minister of Environment and was Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change. In these portfolios he was responsible for major reforms in social policy, health, environment and water.

  • Kendra Wasiluk Program Director, Net Zero and Sustainability, Monash University

    Dr. Kendra Wasiluk has a broad spectrum of sustainability expertise including renewable energy, circular economy, low carbon finance, decarbonisation pathways, intellectual capital, and sustainable building design. She credits Dr. Suess’s The Lorax, Mr. Ray Anderson (former CEO of Interface flooring) and her spiritual life coach Ms. Lorie Kodnar, as the guiding lights who awakened her knowing that her life-purpose is to drive change within organisations by: building sustainability capability and competency; leading by example; and nurturing awakenings in others towards our collective responsibility to act.

    As the Program Director, Net Zero and Sustainability at Monash University, Kendra leads a passionate team of sustainability experts in the development and delivery of the University’s Net Zero and Circular Economy strategies. Kendra is also the Associate Director for Net Zero Transformations at the Monash Energy Institute, facilitating collaboration between Monash’s researchers, educators and campus operations to translate the University’s experience in net zero implementation into research and industry outcomes.

    Kendra completed her PhD at the University of Leeds, developing a framework for how organisations manage their intellectual capital through various stages of corporate sustainability as they strive to create more sustainable business models.

  • Dano Weisbord Chief Sustainability Officer, Tufts University

    Dano Weisbord (he/him) joined Tufts in 2022 working with senior leadership to further Tufts’ commitment to be a higher education leader in sustainability and climate matters. He is working across the university to bridge campus operations with education, co-curricular, and research activities. Dano came to Tufts from Smith College where he held the position of Associate Vice President for Campus Planning and Sustainability, and COVID-19 Administrator. Dano was responsible for large-scale planning projects at Smith including the electrification and decarbonization of a thermal and electric district energy system.  Over his fourteen years at Smith, Dano also served as Director of the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability and was the College’s Founding Director of Sustainability establishing sustainability and campus planning functions.

    Previously, Dano advised on corporate environmental responsibility strategy for CLF Ventures in Boston MA, where clients included international mining, energy and real-estate companies, and organized a regional wind-power industry alliance. He was a director of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers in London, and lead author on Sustainable Endowments Institute’s Greening the Bottom Line. Dano Weisbord is a special advisor at Nestor Advisors focusing on corporate sustainability strategy, conducting strategic reviews and consulting across higher education, energy, international NGO, mining and real-estate sectors.

    A Jumbo, Dano has a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design.


  1. Side Events

  2. Southeast Asia’s Power Transition

    Southeast Asia is important in the global climate change action. The current power supply mix in Southeast Asia is dominated by fossil fuels like coal and oil. To meet growing energy demand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Southeast Asia needs to up its urgency and ambition in decarbonizing its power supply. Investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency, grid infrastructure, interconnection, carbon capture and storage is the way forward. Please register via Zoom.

    Moderated by Yuen Yoong Leong, Director, Sustainability Studies, SDSN; Professor, Sunway University, Malaysia
    San Vibol, Senior Researcher, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    Alin Halimatussadiah, Associate Professor, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
    Bundit Limmeechokchai, Professor, Thammasat University, Thailand
    Chean Chung Lee, Member of Parliament, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

    Note this is 10:30 pm – 11:59 pm EDT on Sunday, 17 September | 4:30 am – 5:59 am CEST on Monday, 18 September

  3. SDG 5: Transformative Solutions for Achieving Gender Equality

    Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a key driver of sustainable development. However, many challenges and gaps remain in achieving gender equality in different spheres of society, including education, health, economy, politics and culture. Therefore, it is important to identify solutions and initiatives that can advance SDG 5 in the world, and the role of academia is crucial in this regard. This session, hosted by SDSN and GIZ with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), will showcase five gender-focused transformative initiatives selected from SDSN’s national and regional networks. Please register via Zoom.

  4. Critical Perspectives at the Midpoint of SDG 4: Progress, Promises, and Pitfalls

    Join the SDG Academy for a pre-launch event for the special issue of the International Journal of Educational Development (IJED), titled Critical Perspectives at the Midpoint of SDG 4: Progress, Promises and Pitfalls. Authors from the special issue will speak broadly on their topics, covering six major themes: inclusion in education; measurements and metrics for SDG4; governance and state capacity; education as a cross-cutting theme; shocks, fragility and resilient education systems; and theoretical, historical, and onto-epistemic considerations and limitations. Please register online via Zoom.

  5. Amplifying Student Voices: Inspiring Local SDGs Action through Student-Led Initiatives

    FULLY ONLINE EVENT: The Global Schools Program is dedicated to fostering SDGs awareness and education among students and schools worldwide. Through a series of dynamic presentations and panel discussions, students will showcase their innovative projects, campaigns, ideas and initiatives that contribute to sustainable development and address the SDG targets. They will discuss the motivation behind their actions, the impact they have made, and the lessons learnt along the way. Please register online via Zoom.

  6. Think Globally, Act Systemically: Driving Sustainable Change at the UN SDG Summit

    This hybrid event aims to address the interconnected nature of the world’s challenges by bringing together experts from various disciplines and methodologies, promoting cross-sectoral collaboration. Focusing on climate resilience, human and planetary health, and decarbonisation of cities, the event will showcase how system thinking can drive transformational change. The three thematic panels will facilitate the exchange of perspectives and ideas, identifying crucial linkages and potential for collaboration.

    The event will conclude with a networking lunch, providing a valuable opportunity for panelists and participants to connect and foster further collaboration. Supported by SDSN, the event is convened by ARSINOE and IMPETUS, EU-funded projects on climate adaptation in Europe. Please register via Eventbrite

  7. The Role of Multistakeholder Partnerships in Addressing Complex Challenges: A Case Study

    This hybrid event will be a continuation of the morning session and will explore the value of bringing together experts from various disciplines, sectors, and methodologies in multistakeholder partnerships to address complex challenges. SDG target 17.16 compels us to “Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.” However, setting up and maintaining successful multistakeholder partnerships is a laborious task. With this event we will present one successful case study from the SDSN Network to inspire action and provoke a conversation around the variables that can promote successful partnerships. Please register for online or register for in person.

  1. Presentation of Abstracts in Parallel Sessions

    We have 5 blocks of parallel sessions occurring throughout the day to accommodate all time zones. There are 40 sessions total. Please view our full program in our online conference software which includes details about the plenary and parallel sessions.

  1. High-Level Plenary

  2. Universities for SDG 13 Award Ceremony

  3. Keynote Address: Gerd Müller, Director General, UNIDO

  4. Keynote Address: President Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  5. Panel: Pathways to Achieve the SDGs

  6. Keynote Address: Qu Dongyu, Director General, FAO

  7. Keynote Address: Amina Mohammed

  8. Lightning Talk: Fiona Goodwin

  9. Panel: University Action to Achieve Net Zero

  10. Kapuscinski Development Lecture: Donald Kaberuka

  11. Mapping Change: Geospatial Technologies for Advancing Education and Alleviating Poverty

  12. Closing Ceremony and Best Paper Awards

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