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Sustainable Development Conference: The 2021 Edition

22nd – 25th July 2021

Theme: Towards Environmental, Economic and Socio-Political Sustainability:

Exploring Research and Policy Evidence


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is also described as Agenda 2030 contains 17 goals, 169 targets and over 200 indicators for the transformation of global economies. The SDGs have had its fair share of criticism and skepticism. Some experts argue that 17 goals and 169 targets are too many, SDGs as “unfeasible”, “too ambitious”, “not ambitious enough”, inadequate to safeguard human rights, and “unachievable” without a revolution of the mechanisms of development financing and evaluation.

To contribute to the SDGs debate and find innovative and sustainable solution to build economic resilience in the face of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) in collaboration with Fredrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), is organizing an international conference as part of its mission to connect science with the real world. The conference aims at contributing towards achievements of the SDGs through theoretical and empirical studies.

This call invites researchers with an interest in development related issues, human rights, climate change, environment and the SDGs to submit abstracts and papers for oral and/or poster presentation(s) on the sub-themes in Table 1. With the permission of the authors, best papers will be considered for publication in the UESD Working Paper Series and FES website.

Instruction for Authors

Abstracts should be between 200 and 300 words. In addition, it should include the Title of Paper, Name (s), Department(s), Institution(s) and Email Address(s) of the corresponding author. Please note that all the accepted abstracts and papers will be posted on the University of Environment and Sustainable Development’s website with a copy of the final programme, for conference participants to preview in advance.

Papers should be between 3000 and 6000 words and authors of accepted abstracts would be required to submit two-page policy brief.

Abstracts and papers should be submitted by email to: Label your submission “Abstract for the SDGs conference”. Save the file with the name of the first author. For any queries related to the call, contact us via:,  Tel: 0249791554 and 0208307692

Table 1: Conference Thematic Areas

Economic Sustainability  Climate Change and Environmental SustainabilitySocio-Cultural Sustainability  
Economic, Structural Transformation and SustainabilityClimate changeGender and Development
Financial Sustainability, SMEs, Financing MicrofinanceNature, Water and Soil ConservationGood Governance
ICT & Structural TransformationHealthcareSustainable Urbanism
Labor Economics, Law and Political EconomyEnergy, Renewable Energies, and the EnvironmentSocial innovation
Energy Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy,Food and Environmental LegislationEducation
International Trade and Economic GrowthGreen logisticsHuman Development,
Health Economics, and Development Finance,Green Supply Chain, Green Logistics and Sustainable ProcurementCulture, Religion and Tradition


  • June 25th, 2021: Abstracts submission deadline
  • June 30th, 2021: Feedback on the abstracts
  • July 7th, 2021: Confirmation of participation by authors of accepted abstracts
  • July 14th, 2021: Submission of full paper
  • July 22nd, 2021: Arrival of participants
  • July 23-24, 2021: Main Conference
  • July 25th, 2021: Departure


The conference is fully sponsored; therefore, the following costs are covered

  • Conference registration
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation (excluding flight)
  • Lunch and Supper