The 7th World Sustainability Forum
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The 7th World Sustainability Forum
17-20 September 2018, Beijing, China
The 7th World Sustainability Forum and the 2nd Postgraduate Forum will be held from 17-20 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), University of Basel (Switzerland), MDPI AG Basel (Switzerland), International Green Economy Association (IGEA), and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award and the Sustainability Business Startup Award will be conferred at the gala dinner of the conference. The awards are endowed with USD 100'000 and USD 10'000, respectively.
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 and research, 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.
Manfred Max Bergman, University of Basel
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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 UNSDSN, A Global Initiative of the United Nations
Mr Zukang Sha
Former Chinese Ambassador to the UN, and Honorary Chairman of IGEA, Beijing, China
Prof Max Bergman
Professor of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel, Switzerland; Visiting Professor at the University of International Business and Economics, China; and member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Swiss UNESCO National Commission.
Mr Jihai Deng
Executive Director of IGEA, 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), China
Prof Giuseppe Ioppolo
Department of Economics, University of Messina, Italy
Dr. Shu-Kun Lin
Dr. Le Zhang
Dr. Franck Vazquez
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