The Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), held the First International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP) on September 6-7, 2013 at Columbia University, New York.
The Conference theme, Advancing Evidence-Based Solutions for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, sought proposals for practical solutions to address the complex challenges of sustainable development at local, regional, and global levels. Proposals were welcomed across 12 thematic areas, linking with the UN SDSN framework (please see below for further information on the 12 themes). We sought input from those involved in research, policy, practice, and business across international sustainable development sectors. The aim of the conference was to share and identify practical, evidence-based solutions, that can support the UN SDSN leadership in shaping the Post-2015 Agenda. The conference mobilized the expertise of the scientific and technical communities in academia, civil society and the private sector.
The 12 thematic areas included:
1. Macroeconomics, Population Dynamics, and Planetary Boundaries
2. Poverty Reduction and Peace-Building in Fragile Regions
3. Challenges of Social Inclusion: Gender, Inequalities, and Human Rights
4. Early Childhood Development, Education, and Transition to Work
5. Health for All
6. Low-Carbon Energy and Sustainable Industry
7. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
8. Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services
9. Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected
10. Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources
11. Global Governance and Norms for Sustainable Development
12. Redefining the Role of Business for Sustainable Development
The Global Association of the Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) programs is a growing network of 24 Universities across six continents, with a Secretariat based at the Earth Institute, Columbia University in New York. Together, this network is committed to a high-intensity program of teaching, research, innovation, and practice, delivering leading edge transdisciplinary training in four “pillars”- health, natural, social, and management sciences. Globally, MDP Postgraduate Students are trained in leading edge scientific and social science techniques in order to develop international development solutions. This is a world leading, uniquely innovative training model that brings together scientists and social scientists to achieve translational results, contributing science-based solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
The Friday, September 6, 2013 and Saturday, September 7, 2013 ICSDP conference program included panels and a poster session on the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network 12 thematic areas. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN and Co-facilitator of the Special Event of the President for the UN General Assembly Towards Achieveing the Millennium Development Goals was the main speaker on Friday, with Amina J. Mohammed, UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning spoke on Saturday. Jeffrey D. Sachs provided a video on the Age of Sustainable Development. During the two days participants from all over the world representing different sectors presented on panels and poster sessions.
Participants in the conference were asked to submit abstracts of their proposed papers. Based on the abstracts, participants were selected to participate in the conference. These abstracts of most conference participants are available.
Many pictures where taken at the conference. See the pictures that we have at (https://www.dropbox.com/sc/xf9clpspfetsg07/fDUy4qXvRl) .