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4th International Sustainable Development Conference Coming up

SDGs logos togetherThe world is working on sustainable development. And many of the new ideas and innovations being applied to fields from agriculture and food security to climate adaptation to socially inclusive economic growth will be on display at the fourth annual International Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held at Columbia University Sept. 21-22.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Earth Institute’s Global Master’s in Development Practice program will host the conference.

Among the keynote speakers are Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg; and John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria.

Other key talks will be by Nigerian Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed; Columbia University Professor and economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute and director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Grete Faremo, UN under-secretary-general and UN Office for Project Services executive director; Islamic Development Bank Chief Economist Savaş Alpay; Achim Steiner, former UN under-secretary general and executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme; and writer and journalist Femi Oke.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg

For detailed information on the program and to register, visit the conference website.

The aim of the conference is to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions that can support the Sustainable Development Goals. The goals were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a way to focus worldwide efforts on key social and environmental problems.

This year’s conference theme is “Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice.”

The conference brings together governments, academia, the United Nations and other international agencies, non-governmental organizations and grassroots organizers to share practical solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. More than 1,500 participants from over 60 countries have registered. An additional 2,000 or more people will watch the live stream and engage in real-time through Twitter.

The first day of the conference is a high-level dialogue between diverse stakeholders. The second day of the program features over 25 parallel sessions and a poster session for approximately 300 total presentations.

Related events are taking place in Brazil, Ghana, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Spain.

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Vijay K Vijayaratnam
Vijay K Vijayaratnam
7 years ago

Having concerened about sustainable development since 1974 ,made my contributions at various conferences attended world summit on SD in 2002 ,I participated live on ICSD held on 21 sept .2016 from UK via youtube connection.