International Conference on Sustainable Development

Aug 21, 2015

2015 is a pivotal year for sustainable development! The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted by the United Nations this September, will outline the global development priorities for the next 15 years.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) are hosting the 3rd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development on September 23-24, 2015, at Columbia University in NYC.

This year’s conference theme is “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Getting Started.” The aim of the conference is to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions that can support SDGs, which will be adopted at the historic UN Summit immediately following the conference.

Confirmed speakers include WBCSD President Peter Bakker, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, Asian Development Bank Vice-President Stephen Groff, Director of Earth Institute’s Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program and Former Director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies James Hansen, Journalist Femi Oke, Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Stockholm Resilience Centre Executive Director Johan Rockström, Executive Director of Human Resources, Health and Safety, Sustainability and Energy at Vale Vania Somavilla, and SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs.

ICSD will bring together world leaders, students, and professionals from around the world. We welcome participants from all sectors and experience levels. Learn more about the conference and register at Register by August 31 to take advantage of early bird rates ($30 for students)! Please direct any questions to

Please Note: Students from Affiliated Institutions get free admission and can register here. You will have to have a valid student ID at registration or you will be required to pay in order to participate in the conference.