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8th World Sustainability Forum 2020

15 - 17 September 2020, CIGG, Geneva, Switzerland

8th World Sustainability Forum

14/09/2020 - 17/09/2020, International Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland

Part of the First World Sustainability Week, 14-19 September 2020, Geneva, Switzerland 

September 2020 marks the 5th birthday of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With The 8th World Sustainability Forum, we are not only celebrating a birthday, but are also taking stock of where we are in relation to a more sustainable world, what has worked, what has not yet worked, and where we need to go next.

Sustainability has gainedconsiderable traction: Many countries have integrated sustainability and environmental protection as part of their national development agenda, many businesses have realized the considerable long-term potential in sustainable development, and many research agendas have aligned with sustainability goals. It is now time for the research, policy, and business communities to enter into enduring dialog and to embrace greater global responsibilities. With this event, we hope to contribute to building a platform and network for a sustainability agenda that fosters partnerships among stakeholders beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines, narrow national agendas, and quarterly spreadsheets. The quest is to conceive of ways to assure long-term sustainable development for our people, our planet, as well as societal and corporate profit.

In light of the importance of developing institutional partnerships and networks, this forum will be coordinated by MDPI, the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, the UN Global Compact, the Global Footprint Network, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The 8th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2020) is an international scientific conference coordinated by MDPI and the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, under the patronage of the University of Basel, the University of Geneva and  the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). The language of the conference is English.

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation will be conferred at the gala dinner of the conference. The World Sustainability Award is endowed with USD 100'000; the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award with USD 10'000.

The 8th World Sustainability Forum is part of the First World Sustainability Week which runs from 14-19 September and comprises of satellite events.

Submission Instructions
For the 8th World Sustainability Forum in Geneva, we seek proposals for session streams, for sessions, and for presentations of papers and posters on sustainable development that are policy-relevant, change-oriented, and inter- or trans-disciplinary. Submissions should aim to foster research, networking, and debates in science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences, as well as fruitful exchanges between academia and the public, civic, or private sectors.

Submissions can be made for five types of contributions:
1) Session Stream;
2) Session;
3) Sustainability Organization Session/Session Stream
4) Paper Presentation;
5) Poster Presentation.

Submission deadline: 1 March 2020

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The European Council of Civil Engineers is an affiliated society to the WSF2020.

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