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The World Sustainability Forum 2017: From Words to Action on the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change

Cape Town, Cape Sun Hotel, South Africa on 27 and 28 January 2017

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, we have reached a sustainability policy tipping point.  There is now widespread buy-in from international, national, business and civil society actors about the need, urgency and targets for a transition towards sustainability.  The challenge now is to deliver on this ambition.

The 6th World Sustainability Forum WSF2017 aims to be a platform for researchers and implementers to present and engage with others on issues relating to sustainability with a number of sessions dedicated specifically to sustainability in developing economies.

WSF2017 contributes to policy-relevant, change-oriented, and transdisciplinary research and collaboration from science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences across these themes and topics:

Themes Topics
Environmental Management




Social Development




Economic Development

Climate Change

Water, Food and Energy

Governance

Science, Technology and Innovation

Corporate Sustainability

Systems Analysis

Gender and Inequality

Health and Well-being

WSF2017 is an international scientific conference sponsored by the journal Sustainability. It is organized and run under the patronage of the University of the Western Cape, University of Cape TownUniversity of Basel and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

During the gala dinner we will announce the recipient of the first World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Madame Graça Machel, DBE, President of the Foundation of Community Development and the UNESCO National Commission in Mozambique; Member of the Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group, United Nations.
  • Prof. Daya Reddy, President-elect, International Council for Science (ICSU); Professor of Computation Mechanics, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Ms. Joyene Isaacs, Head of Department, Western Cape Department of Agriculture, South Africa.
  • Prof. Lidia Brito, Director of the Division of Science Policy and Sustainable Development, UNESCO, France; Director of Help the Afghan Children (HTAC).
  • Prof. Klaus Leisinger, President of the Global Values Alliance Foundation; Professor of Sociology, University of Basel, Switzerland.
  • Mr. Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO, Water Research Commission, South Africa.
  • Prof. Masafumi Nagao, Research Professor at the Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Hiroshima University, Japan.

Chairs

Location

The World Sustainability Forum 2017 will be held at the Cape Sun Hotel, Strand Street, Cape Town, South Africa

How to Contribute?

We Invite individual paper proposals addressing one or more of the conference topics, as well as proposals for panel sessions (see below).

Registration:

Registration information can be found on Sciforum.net
To register for this conference, please follow this link. If you need assistance, please email Ange.Bukasa@uct.ac.za.
Registration fees are listed on Sciforum.net

Panel Proposals

  • Submit a 300 word abstract in English on the focus and purpose of your panel.
  • Indicate at least two paper presenters who will participate in your panel.
  • Add your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address.
  • Submit the panel proposal not later than 30 September 2016 to wsf6@mdpi.com. You will be notified before 15 October 2016.

Paper Proposals

  • Submit a 300 word abstract in English on the focus and purpose of your panel.
  • Add your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address.
  • Submit the abstract not later than 30 September 2016 to wsf6@mdpi.com. You will be notified before 15 October 2016.

We, the chairs of the conference, as well as the co-chairs and the organizing institutions, are looking forward to welcoming you at the 6th World Sustainability Forum at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town from 27 to 28 January 2016.

Aldo Stroebel, Thandi Mgwebi, Mark New and Max Bergman, Chairs

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