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The 7th World Sustainability Forum

19/09/2018 - 22/09/2018, Beijing, China

SDGs, Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030, Sustainability
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Abstract Submission: 31/05/2018
Acceptance Notification: 30/06/2018
Full Paper Submission: 31/12/2018

Welcome from the Chairs

New Deadline for Abstract Submission: 31 May 2018

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.

The 7th World Sustainability Forum

19-22 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.

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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

Chairs

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 Giuseppe Ioppolo
Associate Professor in "Market, Resources and Environment", Department Quality Manager, Department of Economics - Environmental Section, University of Studies of Messina, Italy




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

Organizers

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

Co-Organizers

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 or Matthias Burkhalter burkhalter@wsforum.org

Mailing Address

MDPI Sustainability Foundation
WSF 2018 Secretariat
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland
http://wsforum.org/

Call for Participation

How to Contribute?

We invite panel or individual paper proposals addressing one or more of the conference topics (see below).

Registration:

Registration information can be found on Sciforum.net
If you need assistance, please email wsf7@wsforum.org.

Panel Proposals
  • Create an account on Sciforum.net and follow the procedure to "Submit a New Abstract" in your User Home.
  • Submit a 300 word abstract in English on the focus and purpose of your panel. Each panel will consist of at least three papers and no more than six papers.
  • Indicate at least two paper presenters who have agreed to participate in your panel. Provide their names and email addresses.
  • Add your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address.
  • Submit the panel proposal not later than 31 March 2018 to wsf7@wsforum.org. You will be notified before 31 May 2018.
Paper Proposals
  • Create an account on Sciforum.net and follow the procedure to "Submit a New Abstract" in your User Home.
  • Submit a 300 word abstract in English. For empirical papers, please include the focus, research, question, methods, and main result of your study.
  • Add your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address.
  • Submit the abstract not later than 31 March 2018 to Sciforum.net with a copy to wsf7@wsforum.org. You will be notified before 31 May 2018.

We, the chairs of the conference, as well as the co-chairs and the organizing institutions, are looking forward to welcoming you at the 7th World Sustainability Forum at UIBE in Beijing, China from 17 to 20 September 2018.

WSF2018 Chairs

Conference Schedule

If you are interested in participating in this conference, and in presenting a poster, or in being selected for a short talk, please submit your abstract and get in touch with the conference secretariat. The program of the conference is being assembled and will be fully available by the end of April 2018.

Preliminary Agenda

PDF will be uploaded soon

19 September 2018


14:30-18:00

Sustainable Development Education (Msc) Forum
Initiated, planned and organized by University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) Beijing

20 September 2018

WSF2018 – Opening and Keynote Speeches

09:00-12:00

Programme Overview and Introduction of Keynote Speakers

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, Progress and Status


UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and South-South Cooperation


Construction of China's Modernized Economy System and Sustainable Development



Facing up to Climate Change, China's Policies and Practices






Sustainable Development and Innovation Driven

High-end Debates: UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Era of Ecological Civilization Contruction

Chair: Jihai Deng
Ececutive Director of IGEA

Mr Zukang Sha
Former Chinese Ambassador to UN, Honorary Chairman of IGEA, and Chair of WSF2018

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

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

Mr Zhenhua Xie
Former 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 Liu
Consultant of the State Council, Former Vice Minister of Science and Technology

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

20 September 2018

WSF2018 Sessions

14:00-16:00

A: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

B: Urban Sustainable Development

16:30-18:30

C: The Belt and Road (B&R) Green Supply Chain Cooperation Network

D: Clean Energy Development - Organized by Beijing Clean Fuel Industry Association

19:30 Gala Dinner - Award of the World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation and the MDPI journal Sustainability, with acceptance speeches by awardees

21 September 2018

WSF2018 Sessions

09:00-12:00

E: Green Manufacturing and Sustainable Industrial Development

F: Sustainable Development of Agricultural Economy

14:00-18:30

G: Green Finance and Green Industry Development – 14:00-16:00

H: Green Standards and Green Industry Development – 16:30-18:30

I: Green Technology B2B Cooperation between China and Foreign Countries – 14:00-18:30

22 September 2018

WSF2018 Visit and Cooperation on the Theme of Sustainable Development

09:00-12:00

Beijing: Circular Economy Industrial Parks in Chaoyang District, BAIC BJEV (Beijing Electric Vehicle Company)

14:30-18:00

Tianjin or Hebei: Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, Xiong’an New District or Cangzhou

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







About This Conference

Preliminary Conference Topics (final list dependent on submissions)
  1. CSR: Corporate Sustainable Responsibility
  2. GSF: Green/Sustainable Finance
  3. MST: Mobility and Sustainable Transportation
  4. PISD: Policies and Institutions for Sustainable Development
  5. SA: Sustainable Agriculture (e.g. Food Security)
  6. SCA: Sustainable Cities and Architecture (e.g. Urbanization, Building Materials)
  7. SDG: Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  8. SDITD: Sustainable Development of Int’l Trade and Development
  9. SE: Sustainable Energy (e.g. Climate Change, Mining)
  10. SEE: Sustainability in Emerging Economies (e.g. China, India)
  11. SPC: Sustainable Production and Consumption
  12. W: Water

Travel & Registration Information

Registration Fees

To register for this conference, please follow this link. If you need assistance, please email the Conference Secretariat.

Early Registration (until 31 May 2018)

Academic

3000 CNY

Student

1500 CNY

Academic, low-income country*

2100 CNY

Student, low-income country*

1050 CNY

Business and Local Government

5000 CNY

Late Registration (after 1 June 2018)

Academic

3500 CNY

Student

1800 CNY

Academic, low-income country*

2350 CNY

Student, low-income country*

1375 CNY

Business and Local Government

5500 CNY


The registration fee includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon tea/coffee breaks, lunch, conference bag.

Gala Dinner, 19 September 2018 300 CNY

Prices are in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.

*Reduced fees will be applied to low-income, lower-middle-income and upper-middle-income economies as indicated by the World Bank Classification

Visa Requirements

General Information About Visas for China

A visa is a travel document issued by authorized government agencies to foreign citizens applying to enter, exit from or transit through the host country's territory based on the host country's laws and regulations. In accordance with international law and practice, any sovereign state is entitled to determine whether or not to allow a foreign citizen to enter or exit from its territory, and whether to issue a visa, decline a visa application or to cancel an issued visa in accordance with its national laws.

Chinese embassies, consulates and other institutions stationed abroad entrusted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China are visa-issuing authorities responsible for issuance of entry visas to foreigner citizens abroad, and are entitled to determine the type, number of entries, validity and duration of each stay of a visa to be issued, or to decline a visa application or revoke an issued visa, in accordance with Chinese laws and regulations. According to Chinese law, a foreign citizen may be refused entry into China even if he/she has a valid Chinese visa.

Foreign citizens must obtain a visa before entry into China, with the exception of visa-free entry based on relevant agreements or regulations. Foreign citizens that fall into categories of Article 22 of the Exit and Entry Law of the People's Republic of China are qualified to apply for port visas from visa-issuing authorities entrusted by the Ministry of Public Security at a port of entry approved to issue port visas by the State Council.

For visit to Hong Kong SAR or Macao SAR, citizens from some countries/territories are exempted from visas for short term visit. Otherwise an entry visa must be obtained as required by the Government of HKSAR or Macao SAR. Visa applications must be made separately if the traveler wishes visit both HKSAR/Macao SAR and mainland China.

For more information, see https://www.visaforchina.org/BER_EN/generalinformation/visaknowledge/267782.shtml
and http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/zgqz/

And for further information about Instructions on Application For M (Business) Visa Extension click here.

Travel Insurance

Subscription to an insurance plan to protect you from the high costs of illness or accident during your stay in China is a prerequisite for obtaining your visa. You should obtain adequate travel, health and accident insurance before you depart from your country (e.g. Allianz Business Travel Insurance).

The organizers are not responsible for personal injuries, or loss of, or damage to, private property belonging to the congress participants.

Traveling to Beijing

For a complete overview, see http://wikitravel.org/en/Beijing

  • Domestic Flights to Beijing: You can fly to Beijing from Shanghai, Guangzhou and many other Chinese cities with the following airline: Air China, Southern Airline, Eastern Airline, Hainan Airline, Shanghai Airline, Xiamen Airline, Sichuan Airline, Juneyao Airline and many more.
  • Direct International flights to Beijing: For more information, see https://www.travelchinaguide.com/china-flights/

Sustainable Development Education Forum in China

Beijing, China, 17 September 2018

Sustainability in Asia will take centre stage in world affairs, given its significance for global food security, population growth, migration, urbanization, and international development potential. The Sustainable Development Education Forum in China is dedicated to advanced-level education, network development, and capacity building for research and knowledge transfer on sustainability in China. The workshops are offered to future sustainability leaders to promote leadership, research capacities, career development, skill development, and, ultimately, future-oriented and policy-relevant sustainability research.

The Sustainable Development Education Forum in China will be held at the UIBE Campus in Beijing, China.
Location: http://sci.fo/3ib

Preliminary Program

14:30-18:00 - A detailed program will be uploaded soon.
Initiated, planned and organized by University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) Beijing, China

Cost and Registration

Participation is free of charge but requires registration. To register for the Sustainable Development Education Forum in China, please email Marcella Zamparelli zamparelli@mdpi.com.

Accommodation

The Beijing Huiqiao Hotel (Beijing Huiqiao Fandian) is located near the Beijing Asian Games Village, the China-Japan Friendship Hospital and only a ten-minute drive from the China International Exhibition Center.

Beijing Huiqiao Hotel
19 Huixin E St, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100029
Tel: +86 10 6491 8811
Web: http://www.huiqiaohotelbeijing.com/
For accommodation booking: http://www.huiqiaohotelbeijing.com/reservation/

Crowne Plaza Hotel Sun Palace is conveniently located at the Beijing Chaoyang district in the centre of the Lido area, it affords an easy commute to other parts of the city.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Sun Palace
Yunnan Dasha, North-East Corner of Taiyanggong BridgeXibahe, North-East 3rd Ring Rd, Chaoyang District , Beijing
Tel: +86 10 6429 8888
Email: info@cpsunpalace.cn
For accommodation booking: https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/gb/en/beijing/pegsp/hoteldetail

Organizers and Sponsors

UIBE University of International Business and Economics, Beijing
Tsinghua University, Beijing

MDPI Sustainability Foundation Basel (Switzerland)
United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

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Conference Venue and Accomodation

Beijing

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the world's third most populous city. As a city combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is an ever-changing megacity rich in history but also truly modern, exemplified in its global influence in politics, business & economy, education, history, culture, language, music, sporting, architecture, civilization, fashion, art, entertainment, innovation, and technology. Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's political, cultural, and educational center.

Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of neighbouring Tianjin Municipality to the southeast; together the three divisions form the Jingjinji metropolitan region and the national capital region of China.

University of International Business and Economics Campus

The University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), founded in 1951, is a multi-disciplinary and national key university with economics, management, law, literature and science as its core academic areas of expertise. Since its foundation, UIBE has been steadfast in living up to its motto of “Erudition, Honesty, Endeavor and Perfection” through constant diligence and innovation.  

The campus has been nicknamed "Hui Garden". Seven buildings are either dormitories or classroom buildings. There is a major academic building at the northwest of the site, which used to belong to the China Institute of Finance, named Boxue. Another modern teaching building is located in the southeastern corner, named Ningyuan.

UIBE Campus

Accommodation

The Beijing Huiqiao Hotel (Beijing Huiqiao Fandian) is located near the Beijing Asian Games Village, the China-Japan Friendship Hospital and only a ten-minute drive from the China International Exhibition Center.

Beijing Huiqiao Hotel
19 Huixin E St, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100029
Tel: +86 10 6491 8811
Web: http://www.huiqiaohotelbeijing.com/
For accommodation booking: http://www.huiqiaohotelbeijing.com/reservation/

Crowne Plaza Hotel Sun Palace is conveniently located at the Beijing Chaoyang district in the centre of the Lido area, it affords an easy commute to other parts of the city.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Sun Palace
Yunnan Dasha, North-East Corner of Taiyanggong BridgeXibahe, North-East 3rd Ring Rd, Chaoyang District , Beijing
Tel: +86 10 6429 8888
Email: info@cpsunpalace.cn
For accommodation booking: https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/gb/en/beijing/pegsp/hoteldetail

 

World Sustainability Award - Emerging Sustainability Leader Award


The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are funded to encourage new initiatives and developments in sustainability with the ultimate aim to foster the transfer from sustainability research to sustainable practices and societies. In this spirit, sustainability is understood as the interdependence between economic, social, and environmental concerns for mutually beneficial regional and global development. Sustainability is associated with a multitude of academic disciplines, and it is circumscribed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The World Sustainability Award, funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, will be conferred upon individual researchers or research teams who have made an outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general, or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular. A joint award, shared by up to three recipients, is possible. The award includes a monetary prize of USD 100'000.

The Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, funded by the MDPI journal Sustainability, will be conferred upon an individual researcher aged 40 or under at the time of the submission deadline, who has made an outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general, or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular. The award includes a monetary prize of USD 10'000.

For more information, see http://wsforum.org/instructions

Jeffrey and Sonia Sachs Win First World Sustainability Award.

The first World Sustainability Award and the first Emerging Sustainability Leader Awards were presented by Prof. Thandi Mgwebi, Director of Research at UWC, and Dr. Franck Vazquez, CEO of MDPI, during the ceremony on 27 January 2017 as part of the gala dinner of the 6th World Sustainability Forum in South Africa.after day one of proceedings of the 2017 World Sustainability Forum South Africa.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs and Dr. Sonia Ehrlich Sachs are the joint recipients of the first World Sustainability Award. Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned economist and senior United Nations (UN) advisor and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Sonia Sachs is a paediatrician and public health specialist, and director of the Health Center at the Center for Sustainable Development, also at Columbia University.

The joint recipients of the first Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are Dr. Esther Ngumbi and Dr. Xiaosong Hu. Esther Ngumbi is a postdoctoral researcher at Auburn University in Alabama USA and serves as a 2015 Clinton Global University Mentor for agriculture. Xiaosong Hu is a professor at the Chongqing University in China and specialises in automotive control systems and mechanical engineering.

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Awards are funded to encourage new initiatives and developments in sustainability with the ultimate aim of fostering the transition to sustainable practices and societies.

The World Sustainability Award is funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, and included a monetary prize of USD 100,000 to Jeffrey and Sonia Sachs. The Emerging Sustainability Leader Award is funded by the journal Sustainability, awarded to researchers under 40, and included a monetary prize of USD10,000.

Awardees World Sustainabilty Award and the first Emerging Sustainability Leader Awards

The first World Sustainability Award and the first Emerging Sustainability Leader Awards were presented by Prof. Thandi Mgwebi, Director of Research at UWC, and Dr. Franck Vazquez, CEO of MDPI, during a ceremony on 27 January 2017 as part of the gala dinner of the 6th World Sustainability Forum in South Africa.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs and Dr. Sonia Ehrlich Sachs are the joint recipients of the 1st World Sustainability Award. The joint recipients of the first Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are Dr. Esther Ngumbi and Dr. Xiaosong Hu.

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Prof Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership, and has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. Professor Sachs served as the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University from 2002 to 2016. During that time, he led a university-wide organization of more than 850 research scientists and policy experts in support of sustainable development, championed the Masters of Development Practice (MDP) program, which is now offered at 30 universities around the world, and helped to introduce the PhD in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He was appointed University Professor at Columbia University in 2016 and also serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management. He was Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. Prior to his arrival at Columbia University in July 2002, Professor Sachs spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he served as the Director of the Center for International Development and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1976, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1978 and 1980 respectively.

Dr Sonia Sachs is a paediatrician and public health specialist with a specialty in paediatric endocrinology. Prof Sachs practiced medicine for over 20 years, 14 of which at the Harvard University Health Services. In 2004 she joined the Earth Institute and became the health coordinator for the Millennium Villages Project, overseeing all health related interventions and research. The goal is to show that an integrated development approach is scalable and sustainable. She tirelessly contributes to the coordination and work that has made the Earth Institute a beacon of international sustainable development. She received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.D. from the University of Maryland Medical School, and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health.

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Dr Esther Ngumbi is a 2007 recipient of American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship. She has been featured in the AAUW celebrating 125 years of fellowships and grants views and on the cover of AAUW’s acclaimed national research report, “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”. Dr. Ngumbi is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University in Alabama. She is a Food Security Fellow with New Voices, The Aspen Institute, and has also served as a Clinton Global University Initiative Mentor for Agriculture. Esther was named by One World Action as one of the 100 powerful women who change the world. She continues to be a global leader, motivational speaker and is passionate about issues related to hunger, gender, education, youth activism and sustainability.

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Dr Xiaosong Hu received a PhD degree in Automotive Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, China in 2012. He conducted scientific research and completed his dissertation at the Automotive Research Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, between 2010 and 2012. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish Hybrid Vehicle Center and the Department of Signals and Systems at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. His research interests include optimal control and dimensioning of electrified powertrains, modelling and management of energy storage systems. He is a recipient of the Beijing Best PhD Dissertation Award in 2013, and is a Member of IEEE.

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Awards are funded to encourage new initiatives and developments in sustainability with the aim of fostering the transition to sustainable practices and societies.

The monetary prize of US$ 100 000 associated with the World Sustainability Award is funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation. The monetary prize of US$ 10 000 associated with the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award is funded by Sustainability, an MDPI journal. It is awarded to researchers under 40 who show promise to become future leaders in the field of sustainability.

A committee of seven judges, which included members from academia and representatives from business and government, selected the recipients of the 2017 World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs Receives World Sustainability Award

Universities Better Than Governments at Achieving SDGs

WSF2018 Blog

05 April 2018

United Nations Climate Change Head Wants Donald Trump Back in the Paris Agreement

Patricia Espinosa
Photo: Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The head of the United Nations body charged with addressing global warming wants to work with the Trump administration to bring the U.S. back into the Paris Agreement on climate change, she told TIME last week at an energy conference in Houston.
Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that she remains “hopeful” that Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement can be reversed before it becomes official in 2020. By Justin Worland, TIME

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4ov

02 April 2018


China’s Bold Energy Vision

WSA Cape Town
Thandi Mgwebi, Max Bergman, Sonia and Jeffrey Sachs joint recipients of the first World
Sustainability Award
, and Franck Vazquez at the ceremony during WSF2017 in Cape Town,
South Africa. Photo: Matthias Burkhalter

China’s proposed Global Energy Interconnection – based on renewables, ultra-high-voltage transmission, and an AI-powered smart grid – represents the boldest global initiative by any government to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement. It is a strategy fit for the scale of the most important challenge the world faces today. By Jeffrey D. Sachs

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4o7
Chinese Version: 中国大胆的能源愿景

28 March 2018

UNDP to Organize the 2018 Global Governance Forum in Guangzhou


Photo: UNDP China

The 2018 High Level Policy Forum on Global Governance: 2018 “Belt and Road” Finance and Investment Forum will be hosted during April 12-13 in Guangzhou, attended by senior representatives from governments, the United Nations, international financial institutions, the business sector, development agencies as well as leading think tanks from around the world.
Jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), this year’s Forum aims to facilitate tangible exchanges, a strong network and a forward-looking consensus on sustainable finance and investments along the Belt and Road.

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4oh

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