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The Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Eighth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 21-22 September, 2020 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 to join us.

The conference theme is Cross-Cutting Solutions for the Decade of Action. 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:

  1. Children, Youth, and the SDGs
  2. Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction for Cities 
  3. Cross-cutting, Just Solutions Towards the Sustainability of the Energy System
  4. Democratizing Renewable Energy in the Global South
  5. Economics and Demography of Natural Disasters and Disease Outbreak
  6. Effective Industrial Policy to Achieve the SDGs
  7. Food Production, Waste Management, and the Circular Economy
  8. Gender-based Innovations for Equitable SDG Outcomes
  9. ICT Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals
  10. Indigenous Approaches to the Sustainable Development Goals
  11. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Educate for Sustainable Development
  12. Multidisciplinary Energy Education for Societal Well-being
  13. Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change
  14. Safe, Affordable, and Inclusive Transport under the SDGs
  15. Socio-technical Solutions for Water-Energy-Food Security Challenges
  16. Sustainable Land Use Planning
  17. Sustainable Ports and the Circular Economy
  18. Turning Supply Chains Into Engines to Support the SDGs
  19. Universities Driving Collaborative Solutions for the Decade of Action

A more detailed description of each theme can be found here. Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English, by 1 May, 2020, 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 1 June, 2020. 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, 2020, 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, 2020 deadline may also forfeit their spot in the agenda.

Abstract Timeline
2 March 2020             Call for Abstracts Open
1 May 2020                  Deadline for Submission of Abstracts
1 June 2020                 Abstract Decision Letters Emailed
1 August 2020              Full Papers Due (For Accepted Abstracts Only)
1 September 2020       Registration Deadline for Presenters

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