Advancing Evidence-Based Solutions for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

The Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Second Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP) on September 17-18, 2014 at Columbia University, New York.

The Conference theme, Advancing Evidence-Based Solutions for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, seeks proposals for practical solutions to address the complex challenges of sustainable development at local, regional, and global levels. Plenary and panel presentations will range across 12 thematic areas, linking with the SDSN framework (please see below for further information on the 12 themes). We seek participation from those involved in research, policy, practice, and business across international sustainable development sectors. The aim of the conference is to share and identify practical, evidence-based solutions, that can support the SDSN leadership in shaping the Post-2015 Agenda. With over 130 presentations, ICSDP hopes to mobilize the expertise of the scientific and technical communities in academia, civil society and the private sector.

Keynote Speakers

Bineta Diop

Photo: Bineta Diop

Ms. Bineta Diop of Senegal is the Founder & President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and the Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the AU Commission on Women Peace and Security. She has led numerous peacebuilding programmes, including a women, peace and security initiative that resulted in the creation of a strong West African women’s movement, the Mano River Women’s Peace Network, which was awarded the United Nations General Assembly Prize in Human Rights in 2003.

Ms. Diop has led teams to observe elections in post-conflict countries such as Liberia and solidarity missions to women in crisis situations, as in the case of Guinea. She has been elected President of the African Union ECOSOCC Gender Cluster. She is involved in various NGO Working Groups that monitor United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Ms. Diop is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Conflict Prevention of the World Economic Forum, and previously served in the 6th Advisory Group of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. In March 2010, she co-chaired the high-level Civil Society Advisory Group on Resolution 1325 with H.E. Mary Robinson.

Ms. Diop has received numerous honours and awards and in 2011 was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Frannie Leautier

Photo: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Dr. Frannie Léautier is partner and CEO of Mkoba Private Equity. Dr. Léautier previously served as Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). A Tanzanian national, she served as Vice President of the World Bank and Head of the World Bank Institute from December 2001 to March 2007. She also served as Chief of Staff to the former President of the World Bank from 2000 to 2001. Cumulatively, Dr. Léautier served in various capacities at the World Bank from 1992 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, she was a Managing Partner at The Fezembat Group, a company focused on risk management and leadership development.

Dr. Léautier holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam (1984); a Master of Science in Transportation from MIT (1986); and a Ph.D. in Infrastructure Systems from MIT (1990). She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Development Program. Dr. Léautier has published a number of articles in top-tier economic journals and magazines; she has also edited three books, including a recent one on Cities in a Globalizing World. She is currently Founding Editor for the Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Advisory Board Member for the MIT OpenCourseWare, and Secretary of the Board for the Nelson Mandela Institute for Science and Technology in Africa. Dr. Léautier is a charter member of the Advisory Board for EuropEFE and a founding Board member for the Africa Institute for Governing with Integrity.

Jeff Sachs

Photo: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General's MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). His most recent book is To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace (2013).

Erik Solheim

Photo: Erik Solheim

Erik Solheim took the lead of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in January 2013, a position to which he was unanimously elected. He is now also serving as United Nations Environment Programme's special envoy for environment, conflict and disaster. From 2007 to 2012 he held the combined portfolio of Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development; he also served as Minister of International Development from 2005 to 2007. During his time as Minister, Mr. Solheim emphasised the importance of conflict prevention, highlighted capital, taxation and business as engines of development, and sought to integrate development assistance into overall foreign policy. He brought Norwegian aid up to 1% of the GDP, making it with Sweden the highest in the world. Mr. Solheim cites as one of his most important achievements his role in establishing the UN REDD, the global program to conserve the world rain forests. He also initiated Norwegian partnership with countries such as Brazil, Guyana and Indonesia.

12 ICSDP Themes

Advancing Solutions provides a forum to discuss the many ways that organizations and people are leading the way in advancing sustainable development solutions in various disciplinary areas and sectors:

  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

Scientific Commitee

A peer review panel consisting of MDP academics and SDSN Affiliates (or the Scientific Committee) selected the best presentations from the submitted abstracts to be presented at the conference.

Macroeconomics, Population Dynamics, and Planetary Boundaries

Lanre Olaniyan
University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Poverty Reduction and Peace-Building in Fragile Regions

  • David Nugent
    Emory University, USA
  • Dileni Gunewardena
    University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Challenges of Social Inclusion: Gender, Inequalities, and Human Rights

  • Susan Murphy
    Trinity College, Dublin &
    University College Dublin, Ireland

Early Childhood Development, Education, and Transition to Work

Conor Gavin
Trinity College, Dublin &
University College Dublin, Ireland

Health for All

Samath D. Dharmaratne
U of Peradeniya & University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; University of Washington, USA

Low-Carbon Energy and Sustainable Industry

Tim Finan
University of Arizona, USA

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Labode Popoola
Univeristy of Ibadan, Nigeria

Forest, Oceans, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services

Simron Singh
Waterloo University, Canada

Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected

Karen Brown
University of Minnesota, USA

Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources

  • Rodrigo Medeiros
    Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Olawale Emmanuel Olayide
    University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Global Governance and Norms for Sustainable Development

  • Padraig Carmody
    Trinity College, Dublin &
    University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Claire Reid
    U of Winnipeg, Canada

Redefining the Role of Business for Sustainable Development

Wayne R. Decker
University of Arizona, USA

Registration

The registration deadline is Sept 16, 2014 for everyone including presenters (panels and posters). Please note that if you are selected to present, you are required to register and pay the conference registration fee, unless otherwise noted.

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You do not need to be a member of the Global Association of Master’s in Development Program (GAMDP) or the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to participate. Participants (both presenters and observers) will represent academia (faculty, scholars, researchers, and students), practitioners, NGOs, government agencies, international organizations, and private companies. Participants will find a diversity of stakeholders and perspectives in the presentations and discussions.

Visas

Will you need a visa to enter the U.S.? To receive a formal invitation addressed to the U.S. Consulate, please write to info@unsdsn.org before August 1st. The email must include your full name as it appears on your passport, passport number, gender, title, institution, and mailing address. Please note that you need EITHER an accepted paper OR proof of registration and payment of the conference fee to receive a visa letter.

Fees

We apologize that we are unable to offer any financial assistance to participants, only the following variable fee structure.

Registration deadline is Sept 16, 2014.
Full Participant from OECD* Countries $500
Full Participant from Non-OECD Countries $350
MDP Faculty Full Participant $300
Student Participant from OECD Countries $200
Student Participant from Non-OECD Countries $170
MDP Student & Alumni $100
* Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Draft Conference Schedule

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  1. Wednesday, September 17

  2. Registration & Light Breakfast

  3. Welcome and Conference Opening — Patrick Paul Walsh and Guido Schmidt-Traub

  4. Keynote Speaker — Jeffrey Sachs

  5. Parallel Sessions

  6. Lunch (Not Provided) & Opportunity to Network

  7. Parallel Sessions

    1. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (Part 1 of 3)
    2. Challenges of Social Inclusion Gender, Inequalities, and Human Rights (Pt 2 of 3)
    3. Poverty Reduction and Peace-Building in Fragile Regions (Pt 1 of 3)
    4. Macroeconomics, Population Dynamics, and Planetary Boundaries (Pt 2 of 2)
    5. Low-Carbon Energy and Sustainable Industry (Pt 1 of 2)
  8. Keynote Speaker — Eric Solheim

  9. Parallel Sessions

    1. Careers in Sustainable Development (Pt 1 of 2)
    2. Health for All (Pt 1 of 3)
    3. Poverty Reduction and Peace-Building in Fragile Regions (Pt 2 of 2)
    4. Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources (Pt 1 of 2)
    5. Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected (Pt 1 of 2)
    6. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (part 2 of 3)
  10. Poster Session and Networking Reception

    Venue: Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, enter from 116th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive.

  1. Thursday, September 18

  2. Registration & Light Breakfast

  3. Welcome and Conference Opening — Patrick Paul Walsh

  4. Keynote Speaker — Frannie Leautier

  5. Parallel Sessions

    1. Challenges of Social Inclusion Gender, Inequalities, and Human Rights (Pt 3 of 3)
    2. Redefining the Role of Business for Sustainable Development (Pt 2 of 3)
    3. Early Childhood Development, Education, and Transition to Work Education, and Transition to Work (Pt 2 of 2)
    4. Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services (Pt 2 of 2)
    5. Global Governance and Norms for Sustainable Development
  6. Lunch & Served in the Auditorium

  7. Parallel Sessions

    1. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (Pt 3 of 3)
    2. Health for All (Pt 2 of 2)
    3. Macroeconomics, Population Dynamics, and Planetary Boundaries (Pt 2 of 2)
    4. Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected (Pt 2 of 2)
    5. Low-Carbon Energy and Sustainable Industry (Pt 2 of 2)
  8. Keynote Speaker — Bineta Diop

  9. Parallel Sessions

    1. Careers in Sustainable Development (Pt 2 of 2)
    2. Redefining the Role of Business for Sustainable Development (Pt 1 of 2)
    3. Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources (Pt 2 of 2)
    4. Water Research from Waterloo University
    5. Building Resilience and Sustaining Peace through Inclusive Democratic Processes
  10. Closing Session

Location

Photo: Alfred Lerner Hall

Alfred Lerner Hall

Columbia University
2920 Broadway
New York, NY, 10027

Lodging in New York City

Hotel Accommodations

Listed below are several hotels that frequently do business with Columbia University and generally offer very reasonable rates. Many area hotels offer discounted rooms for persons attending conferences at Columbia University, or other discounts. Please call the hotel(s) directly to ask about University rates and availability. All of the hotels listed below are on the West Side of Manhattan, and Columbia is easily accessible by either subway or taxi.

  • Aloft Harlem
    2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
    New York, NY10027
    212-749-4000
  • Bed and Breakfast Network of New York
    130 Barrow St. Suite 508
    New York, NY 10014
    (212) 645-8134
  • Belvedere Hotel
    319 West 48th St.
    Between 8th and 9th Ave
    (212) 245-7000
  • Excelsior Hotel
    45 West 81st St. between Central Park West and Broadway
    (212) 362-9200
  • Hotel Beacon
    2130 Broadway at 75th St.
    New York, NY 10023
    (212) 787-1100, ext. 623, (800) 579-4969
  • Hotel Belleclaire
    250 W. 77th St. on the corner of Broadway
    New York, NY 10024
    (212) 362-7700, (212) 706-4473
  • Hotel Newton
    2528 Broadway at 94th St.
    (212) 678-6500, (800) 643-5553
  • Hudson
    356 West 58th St.
    New York, NY 10019
    (212) 554-6109
  • The Lucerne Hotel
    201 West 79th St. at Amsterdam Ave
    (212) 875-1000, (800) 492-8122
  • Milburn Hotel
    242 West 76th St. between West End and Broadway
    New York, NY 10023
    (212) 362-1006, 800-833-9622
  • Morningside Inn
    235 West 107th St.
    New York, NY 10025
    (212) 316-0656
  • NYLO New York City
    2178 Broadway at 77th St.
    New York, NY 10024
    (212) 651-3314
  • Park 79
    117 W. 79th St.
    New York, NY 10024
    (212) 787-4900
  • Riverside Tower Hotel
    80 Riverside Drive
    New York, NY 10024
    (212) 877-5200, (800) 724-3136
  • The Travel Inn Hotel
    515 West 42nd St. (between 8th & 9th Ave)
    New York, NY 10036
    (212) 695-7171, (800) 869-4630

Hostel Accommodations

For students traveling from out of state and looking for youth hostels a list of local hostels is available below. Levels of comfort, accommodation, and price vary. All of the hostels listed below are on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and Columbia is easily accessible by either subway or taxi.

Sponsorship & Advertising

ICSDP has special packages with different levels of support that would provide organizations with visibility and acknowledgment.

Tiers

  • Bronze
  • Organization's logo and description will be included in the ICSDP Program (150 words max.)
  • Organization's link to their website will be included on the ICSDP website
  • A flyer from the organization (which you must provide no later than August 1, 2014) will be included in all conference attendee tote bags.
  • Silver
  • All Bronze tier benefits
  • Ballpoint pen; flash drive; note pad, etc. will be included in all conference attendee tote bags.
  • Organization's logo/sign will be displayed at the conference.
  • Organization will be recognized during the reception at ICSDP
  • Organization gets three full conference registrations
  • Gold
  • All Bronze and Silver tier benefits
  • Organization's description and up to three photographs will be included on the ICSDP website.
  • Organization will receive one full-page, full-color advertisement in the ICSDP Program (artwork due August 1, 2014)
  • Organization will receive a table in the lobby of the conference venue to share materials and/or do demonstrations.
  • Platinum
  • All Bronze, Silver, and Gold tier benefits
  • Organization will be recognized at both plenary sessions.
  • Organization will be offered a speaking slot (keynote or panel speaker to be chosen jointly by organization and ICSDP conference organizers.
  • Organization receives seven additional conference registrations.

Scholarship Fund Option

Sponsors can designate 10% of their sponsorship for ICSDP scholarship fund. ICSDP will use the fund to assist both young professionals and graduate students with a career interest in sustainable development, and others from the Global South to attend ICSDP 2014.

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

We are happy to discuss a tailor-made sponsorship package that delivers the best value for your money. Some options could include special events, scholarships and technology options.

Advertising

As a cost-effective way to reach the attendees of the Second Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP) participants may purchase advertising space in the official conference program.

  • $600
    1/4 Page Ad
    3.75" X 5"
  • $900
    1/2 Page Ad
    7.5" X 5"
  • $1,200
    Full-Page Ad
    7.5" X 10"

Ads must be supplied in .tif or .pdf files. Resolution – 300 dpi (minimum)

Contact

Past Events

More than a year ago, an ocean away from New York, in the beautiful African city of Dakar, Senegal, the seeds for the First International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP) were planted. At a February 2013 meeting of about 70 faculty members from 24 academic institutions from around the world the idea was discussed. Why not? was the collective and supportive response. All of the attendees at the meeting were in Dakar for one reason — to find solutions to the complex challenges of sustainable development. If a conference could bring others into the dialogue, then a conference would be organized. Thus in an auditorium at Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, it was decided that the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice programs would partner with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network to launch the first ICSDP.

Download the ICSDP 2013 Conference Proceedings (8.2MB PDF)

The Proceedings for ICSDP 2013 are a compilation of many of the papers that were presented at the first annual ICSDP, September 6 & 7 at Columbia University, New York, USA. We hope to have conference proceedings for every year ICSDP is held.

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Refund Policy

All cancellations should be made in writing to info@unsdsn.org with exact payment information. If notification is received on or before August 30, 2014, a refund of 50% will be made. There will be no refund for cancellations made after August 30, 2014. If a registrant needs to cancel due to being declined a U.S. visa, a refund will be issued for the full amount, less a $10 fee to cover transaction costs, provided the registrant can provide proof of declination from the U.S. State Department/U.S. Embassies.

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