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The 7th World Sustainability Forum

The 7th World Sustainability Forum

18-21 September 2018
Venue: University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China

Organizing Institutions: China: University of International Business and Economics and Tsinghua University

The 7th World Sustainability Forum and the Sustainable Development Education Forum will be held from 18-21 September 2018 at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China. WSF2018 is an international scientific conference sponsored by the journal Sustainability under the patronage of the  University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), Tsinghua University (Beijing), International Green Economy Association (IGEA),  and  the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). 

Conference presentations will be simultaneously translated between Chinese/Mandarin and English.

The World Sustainability Award  and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award 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.

Welcome from the Chairs of the 7th World Sustainability Forum

The adoption of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 was accompanied by what insiders considered an optimism they have not experienced in relation to UN resolutions before. The relative efficiency in the drafting, the absence of trenches between East and West, or between North and South, and the unanimity of support of the 193 countries speak volumes. In stark contrast, sustainability and dealing with it could be the poster child for what Robert Horn called a social mess (2007: 6): “a set of interrelated problems … resistant to analysis and, more importantly, to resolution.” Characteristics of a social mess generally, and sustainability specifically, include an absence of a unique and correct solution, interrelatedness of problems, ideological constraints, multiple possible intervention points, resistance to change, value conflict, and political and economic constraints. While these are excellent ingredients for a thorough academic debate, the issues underpinning the sustainability debate are so urgent that, beyond academic reflection, much more is necessary than what academics, political leaders, administrators, industry, nations, communities, and individuals are habitually prepared to do.

The 7th World Sustainability Forum in Beijing in September 2018 is an excellent opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to engage with this topic, to expose the urgency of the issues, and to recognize individual, collective, and national opportunities associated therewith. The WSF2018 in China is also an excellent opportunity to sensitize researchers toward differences in national context and culture, and how considerable progress on sustainability can be made, despite the multitude of challenges and differences around the world.

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Mr Zukang Sha
Former Chinese Ambassador to the UN and Honorary Chairman of IGEA, Beijing, China

Mr Jorge Chediek
Jorge Chediek
UNOSSC Director and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation



Mr Yizhong LiYizhong Li
Deputy Director of the Economic Committee of the CPPCC, Former Minister of Industry and Information Technology

Mr Zongxing ChenZongxing Chen
Vice Chairman of CPPCC and President of China Ecological Civilization Research and Promotion Association

Mr Zhenhua Xie
Zhenhua XieFormer Vice Chair of National Development and Reform Commission, Special Representative of China's Climate Change Affairs, Deputy Director of Subcommittee of Population, Resources and Environment of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)

Mr Yanhua LiuYanhua Liu
Consultant of the State Council, Former Vice Minister of Science and Technology

Executive Committee



Mr Zukang Sha
Former Chinese Ambassador to the UN and Honorary Chairman of IGEA, Beijing, China




Academic Steering Committee

Prof Lan Xue
Cheung Kong Chair Professor and Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and Co-Chair of the Executive Committee UN SDSN, a global initiative of the United Nations


Dr Baocheng Liu
Director CIBE, Center for International Business Ethics, Beijing China



Prof Youfu Xia
Executive Director of China Strategy Research Center for Open Economy and International Technology Cooperation at the University of International Business & Economics (UIBE), Beijing, China



Economic Cooperation Committee

Mr Jihai Deng
Executive Director of IGEA, Beijing, China

Mr Yi Zhang
Yi ZhangChair of EU China Municipal Development Commission, Beijing, China

Mr Yongze Zhang
President of Beijing Clean Fuel Industry Association


International Green Economy Association (IGEA), Beijing, China
University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, China
MDPI Sustainability Foundation, Basel, Switzerland
EU China Municipal Development Commission


GBO-GLOBAL, Beijing, China
Beijing Clean Fuels Association

Conference Secretariat

Susan Wang
Xiaosong Li

E-mail: wsf7@wsforum.org
Tel. +41 61 683 77 35

Sponsoring Opportunities

For questions regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact the secretariat, Marcella Zamparelli zamparelli@wsforum.org or Matthias Burkhalter burkhalter@wsforum.org

Mailing Address

MDPI Sustainability Foundation
WSF 2018 Secretariat
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland