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The 8th World Sustainability Forum

15/09/2020 - 17/09/2020, International Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland
Abstract Submission
1st March 2020
Acceptance Notification
1st June 2020
Full Paper Submission
31st December 2020
Early Bird Registration
30th April 2020

SDGs, Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030, Sustainability, Resources, SDSN, UN Global Compact, SDG, Water, Energy, Climate, Business, Finance, Food, Agriculture, Soil, Health
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Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Max Bergman

Social Research and Methodology Group (SRaM), University of Basel, Switzerland


Prof. Dr. Ed Constable

Department of Chemistry and former Vice-Rector for Research, University of Basel, Switzerland


Prof. Dr. Antoine Flahault

Director of the Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Prof. Dr. Katharina Fromm

Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Switzerland


Welcome from the Chairs

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The 8th World Sustainability Forum - WSF2020
15 - 17 September 2020, International Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland
Part of the First World Sustainability Week, 14-19 September 2020, Geneva, Switzerland

September 2020 marks the 5th birthday of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. If it were a child and given the right circumstances, it would now have developed fine motor skills, be able to stand on one foot for 10 seconds, have long conversations, and start to develop independence and responsibility. With The 8th World Sustainability Forum, we are not only celebrating a birthday, but are also taking stock of where we are in relation to a more sustainable world, what has worked, what has not yet worked, and where we need to go next.

Sustainability has gained considerable traction: Many countries have integrated sustainability and environmental protection as part of their national development agenda, many businesses have realized the considerable long-term potential in sustainable development, and many research agendas have aligned with sustainability goals. It is now time for the research, policy, and business communities to enter into enduring dialog and to embrace greater global responsibilities. With this event, we hope to contribute to building a platform and network for a sustainability agenda that fosters partnerships among stakeholders beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines, narrow national agendas, and quarterly spreadsheets. The quest is to conceive of ways to assure long-term sustainable development for our people, our planet, as well as societal and corporate profit.

In light of the importance of developing institutional partnerships and networks, this forum will be coordinated by MDPI, the UN Global Compact, the Global Footprint Network, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The 8th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2020) is an international scientific conference coordinated by MDPI, partially sponsored by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, under the patronage of the University of Basel, the University of Geneva and  the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). The language of the conference is English.

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation 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.

The 8th World Sustainability Forum is part of the First World Sustainability Week which runs from 14-19 September and comprises of satellite events.

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MDPI, Basel, Switzerland

Conference Secretariat

Email: [email protected]

Charlotte Gardini
Email: [email protected]
Sara Vulovic
Email: [email protected]
Cédric Spinnler
Email: [email protected]
Karen Gisler
Email: [email protected]
Matthias Burkhalter
Email: [email protected]
Stephany Ruchti
Email: [email protected]
Dr. Franck Vazquez
Email: [email protected]

Tel. +41 61 683 77 35

Mailing Address

WSF 2020 Secretariat
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland

How To Participate?

Submission Instructions
For the 8th World Sustainability Forum in Geneva, we seek proposals for session streams, for sessions, and for presentations of papers and posters on sustainable development that are policy-relevant, change-oriented, and inter- or trans-disciplinary. Submissions should aim to foster research, networking, and debates in science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences, as well as fruitful exchanges between academia and the public, civic, or private sectors.

Submissions can be made for five types of contributions:
1) Session Stream;
2) Session;
3) Sustainability Organization Session/Session Stream
4) Paper Presentation;
5) Poster Presentation.

Submission deadline: 1 March 2020

Session Stream:
A session stream consists of between two and four sequential sessions. Submit a 500-word abstract in English that includes the title, focus, and purpose of your session stream. Also include the focus, working title and purpose of each session. For each session, provide the names of at least two presenters and their email addresses. Include your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Submit your session stream abstract to Professor Bergman, with a copy to the secretariat.

A session consists of between three and six papers, and it lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. Submit a 300-word abstract in English that includes the title, focus, and purpose of your proposed session. Provide the names of at least two presenters and their email addresses. Session applications without paper presenters will not be considered. Include your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Submit your session abstract to Professor Bergman, with a copy to the secretariat.

Sustainability Organization Session/ Session Stream:
Organizations or networks involved with sustainability-related topics may apply for a session or session stream. The sessions will be part of the WSF2020, and they will be listed under the organization’s name. At least one of the proposed sessions must be open to regular participants of the WSF2020. Please specify in a 500-word abstract in English the purpose of the organization, the website of the organization, the focus and purpose of each proposed session (60 to 90 minutes, depending on the number of presenters), and the names and email addresses of at least three presenters for each session that is open to WSF2020 participants. Include a representative’s name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Submit your organization abstract to Professor Bergman, with a copy to the secretariat.

Paper Presentation:
Create an account on and follow the link “Submit a new abstract” in User Home. Submit a 300-word abstract in English that includes the title, focus, and main contributions of your paper. For empirical presentations, include data and methodological details. Provide your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. If you are interested to publish the article, please check below for publication opportunities.

Poster Presentation:
Create an account on and follow the link “Submit a new abstract” in User Home: Submit a 200-word abstract in English that includes the title, focus, and main contributions of your poster. For empirical presentations, include data and methodological details. Provide your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address.
All panel abstracts, paper abstracts, posters, and presentations will be available online as open access on
Details on publication opportunities are available in the next section.

Publication Opportunities

WSF2020 Publication Opportunities:

The open access journal Sustainability will publish a special issue on the World Sustainability Forum 2020. Sustainability is indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded and the Social Sciences Citation Index, and its 2019 impact factor is 2.595.

For WSF2020 participants, the journal offers a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC). Please submit your manuscript at any time until 31 December 2020 here.

The book series Frontiers in Sustainability (ISSN 2624-9715) will publish one or two volumes associated with WSF2020. Each volume and each chapter will receive a doi and will be published in open access format. For WSF2020 participants, MDPI offers a 20% discount on the Chapter Processing Charges (CPC). Please submit your manuscript at any time until 31 December 2020 here.

The new journal World welcomes submissions for articles relevant to past, present, and future links between economic, political, social, and environmental issues. For WSF2020 participants, the journal offers a 20% discount on the APC. Please submit you manuscript at any time here.

You are, of course, free to submit your manuscript to any other publication outlet, including other MDPI relevant journals Water, Energies, Resources, Environments, Recycling, etc.


The registration fee includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks and lunches, conference bag and program book. The registration fee covers the three conference days: Tuesday 15 September, Wednesday 16 September and Thursday 17 September. Monday 14 September and Friday 18 September are free, however registration will still be required (registration platform will soon be open).

Certificate of Attendance: upon request, the participants of the event will receive an electronic Certificate of Attendance by email once the event is concluded.

Conference Dinner: The conference gala dinner will be served on Tuesday 15 September 2020. Please note that the conference fee does not include this social event. Therefore, if you plan to attend the dinner, please make sure you select this extra when registering to the conference. The price per person is 100 CHF.

Registering as "Academics": When registering as "Academics", please provide us with your university email address. This will accelerate the registration process. If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual university email addresses. Thank you for understanding.

*Members of partnering societies will receive a 20% discount on the registration fees. A list of the partnering societies can be found here.

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

Early Regular Required documents
Academics 450.00 CHF 600.00 CHF
Academics from Partnering Societies 360.00 CHF 480.00 CHF Proof of membership
Academics - Low and Lower Middle Income Economies 200.00 CHF 300.00 CHF
Academics - 1 day 200.00 CHF 300.00 CHF
Academics from Partnering Societies - 1 day 160.00 CHF 240.00 CHF Proof of membership
Non-Academic 600.00 CHF 800.00 CHF
Non Academic - 1 day 300.00 CHF 400.00 CHF
Early price valid until: 30/04/2020  

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of paid registration is possible under the terms listed below:
> 4 weeks before the conference Refund 50% of the applying fees
< 4 weeks before the conference No refund

In the unlikely event that MDPI shall deem it necessary to cancel the conference, all pre-paid registration fees will be reimbursed. MDPI shall not be liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation arrangements made by individual delegates.

Photographs and/or video will be taken during the conference
By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the conference’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.

Payment methods

Wire transfer, Credit card

Currencies accepted by this conference

US Dollar, Euro, Swiss franc

Sponsors and Partners



Partnering Societies



Sponsoring & Exhibiting Opportunities

For information regarding sponsoring and exhibiting opportunities, please check out our Sponsorship and Exhibition brochure below. If you have any questions, please contact the secretariat ([email protected]) or Matthias Burkhalter ([email protected]).

Blog WSF2020

24 October 2019

To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations will launch the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.

Join the Conversation. Be the Change. #UN75

Tackling issues such as the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in order to achieve the SDGs - our shared vision for the future - will require cooperation across borders, sectors and generations.

But just when we need collective action more than ever, support for global cooperation is flagging. In many countries, public trust in traditional institutions is in decline and relations between countries are under strain. Dialogue – and action – on global issues could not be more urgent. Through these conversations, the UN aims to build a global vision of 2045 – its centenary, increase understanding of the threats to that future, and support enhanced international cooperation to realise that vision.

23 October 2019

30 Business Titans Join UN Push to Scale Up Private Sector Investment for Sustainable Development

calls on key business leaders to step up to the challenge of financing the SDGs

UNITED NATIONS, 16 October 2019 – The UN announced today that 30 influential leaders from the corporate world will work together over the next two years in a bid to free up trillions of dollars from the private sector to finance the Sustainable Development Goals.

Convened by Secretary-General António Guterres, the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance is co-chaired by Oliver Bäte, CEO of Allianz, and Leila Fourie, CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and includes the heads of Bank of America, Citigroup, ICBC, Infosys, Investec, Santander, UBS and other prominent international corporations. (See complete list below.)

“We face widening inequality, increased devastation from conflicts and disasters and a rapidly warming Earth. These leaders have seized our sense of urgency, recognizing that our pace must be at a run, not a crawl,” Guterres said. “They are committing to cooperate across borders, across financial sectors and even with their competitors, because it is both ethical and good business sense to invest in sustainable development for all people on a healthy planet.”

The High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development held during the recent UN General Assembly brought to attention the urgent need for increasing government spending on crucial sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, and climate change. Most developed countries have not met their commitments to ODA, while factors like poverty, corruption, and tax evasion limit domestic resources in developing countries.

The development finance needs are estimated at trillions of dollars per year, and even if funding from all public sources is maximized, there will still be a significant shortfall, making financing from the private sector imperative.

“As responsible companies, we can create long-term value by embedding sustainability into our core business,” said Bäte. “Investing in the stable development of societies across the globe is not only the right thing to do, it also includes economic opportunities. We are convinced that investments in emerging markets can foster sustainable growth without losing sight of our customers’ interests.”

The UN’s research suggests that there is no shortage of money from the private sector which could be invested in sustainable development. However, a combination of factors, including the policy environment, incentive structures and institutional conditions, tend to discourage the kind of long-term commitment that is needed.

“The establishment of the GISD Alliance acknowledges the scale of the challenges we face collectively and the role that the finance sector has to play in meeting these challenges,” said Fourie. “Exchanges are a vital part of the financing ecosystem – promoting relevant disclosure, enabling effective price discovery, and ultimately mobilising funds to productive ends. We all have much work to do, and the time to start is now.”

The Alliance aims to use their expertise, influence and business acumen in devising ways to stimulate long term investment in development and speed up progress towards achieving the SDGs.


24 September 2019

Registration is now open.

Early fees valid until 30 April 2020


CHF 450.00


CHF 360.00


CHF 200.00

Academics - single day

CHF 200.00

Academics* - single day

CHF 160.00


CHF 600.00

Commercials - single day

CHF 300.00

*Members of partnering societies will receive a 20% discount on the registration fees.

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

23 September 2019

#GlobalGoals week - UN is hosting events all week to help people & planet

Every September, the Member States of the United Nations meet at the General Assembly in New York to discuss the critical issues of global concern. This year, in addition to the general debate, world leaders will participate in a series of summits and high-level meetings to boost action on climate change and accelerate progress on sustainable development, aimed at securing healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all. Underpinning the action week are the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all world leaders in 2015. The 17 interconnected Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty and hunger, expand access to health, education, justice and jobs, while protecting our planet from environmental degradation. More information here.

#ClimateAction Summit: 23 September | #HealthForAll Meeting: 23 September | #SDGs Summit: 24-25 September | #Fin4Dev Meeting: 26 September | #SamoaPathway Review: 27 September


12 June 2019

Call for Participation Uploaded

The call for participation for the World Sustainability Week to be held from 14-19 September 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland has been uploaded.

12 April 2019

the forum of innovative practices in global health

The Geneva Health Forum, created in 2006, is one of the most important conferences of Global Health.
Every two years the GHF brings together Swiss and International participants from all sectors.
The overall goal of the Geneva Health Forum is to promote innovative practices that improve care access, especially in resource-poor settings. To achieve this goal, the Geneva Health Forum aims to:

- give visibility to innovative field experiences;
- establish a critical and constructive dialogue and promote collaborations between global health actors from different sectors including practitioners, academics, policy makers, civil society and the private sector;
- promote interaction between actions in the field and health policy development (linking policy and practice). This applies both to guiding policies through best practices and to facilitating policy diffusion at the field level.

11 April 2019

The 4th Basel Sustainability Forum on Health and SDG3 - 3 June 2019 - Kollegienhaus University of Basel, Switzerland

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 (UN SDG 3) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. Its targets include a reduction of: premature deaths of mothers and newborns, infectious and communicable diseases, premature mortality from non-communicable diseases, alcohol and substance abuse, road traffic accidents, and deaths from chemicals and pollution. Furthermore, UN SDG 3 aims to strengthen or promote mental health and well-being, sexual and reproductive health, access to health-care services and affordable medicines and vaccines, and the capacity for the management of national and global health risks (UN SDGs 2015). UN SDG 3 is only one of 17, each of which are similarly ambitious.

The UN SDGs are interdependent. Some goals serve as preconditions for healthy lives, and others are consequences thereof. Precursors are, for example, UN SDG 2 (End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture), UN SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls), UN SDG 6 (Ensure access to water and sanitation for all), UN SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), and UN SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). Goals affected by health are, for example, UN SDG 8 (Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all). Some goals are both preconditions and consequences of health, such as UN SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere). Poverty reduction is associated with better health and nutrition, which in turn has an effect on poverty reduction.

According to the OECD, the per capita health expenditure in 2015 (PPP) was US$9451 for the US, US$6935 for Switzerland, US$731 for China, and US$267 for India. Despite considerable variations in expenditures, all countries are struggling to maintain health care coverage in the face of rising costs, evolution of health care demands by the population, and changing demographics.

Health care is a central pillar of economic development, social welfare, and environmental management, and it is equally important to the most and least developed economies. Accordingly, health and sustainability are interdependent in at least two ways: the first relates to the reciprocal relationship between health and sustainability, the second to the sustainability of health and health care.

The Basel Sustainability Forum 2019 will focus on local and global issues associated with sustainability and health. It will explore different positions from health research, health policy, and the health business sector, and how these positions contribute or are obstacles to the sustainability of health and health care as a pillar of societal sustainability.

3 April 2019

Save The Date
The 8th World Sustainability Forum - 15 - 17 September 2020 - CICG, Geneva, Switzerland
Part of the First World Sustainability Week - 14-19 September 2020, Geneva, Switzerland
The registration platform and the program structure will be uploaded by the end of April 2019.
For information, please contact Matthias Burkhalter: [email protected]

Conference Venue


The Conference will take place at the International Conference Center in Geneva (CICG).

Sustainable Development:
The commitment of the CICG to sustainable development continues all year round with an attitude resolutely open to the world. Modernizing infrastructures, being ready to listen to clients, choosing quality partners and acting in a responsible manner: these are their commitments!

Venue Address:
International Conference Centre Geneva
17 rue de Varembé
CH - 1211 Geneva 20
T +41 22 791 91 11

Parking des Nations
The parking des Nations is located 50 metres from the CICG. With more than 2200 places available, you will have no trouble parking your vehicle for the duration of your conference.

Find the Car Park and the Available Places

Join Us

From the city
You have several possibilities to reach us from the Jet d'eau:

Bus 8: 15 minutes, Departing from Métropole and getting off at the stop UIT
On foot: About 45 minutes
By taxi: Around 10 minutes (depending on traffic)

From the station
You will need on average 10 minutes to get from the Gare Cornavin to the CICG with one of
the following three possibilities:

Bus 5: Departing from the Gare Cornavin and getting off at the stop Vermont
Bus 8: Departing from the Gare Cornavin and getting off at the stop UIT
Tram 15: Departing from the Gare Cornavin and getting off at the stop Sismondi
On foot: Around 20 minutes

the airport
Whether you are coming by public transport or by taxi, you will need around 15 minutes
to reach the CICG from Geneva International Airport.

Bus 5: Departing from the airport and getting off at the stop Vermont
By taxi: Around 15 minutes (depending on traffic)

Genève Aéroport offers passengers on arrival a free ticket to use public transport in Geneva for 80 minutes. The free ticket entitles you to take an airport train (train from Geneva-Airport to Geneva-Cornavin), bus, tram and boat (mouette). It can be picked up from the machine in the baggage reclaim area (Arrivals).

From the
The simplest itinerary to reach the CICG from the motorway bypassing Geneva is to take
the exit "Genève Lac".
You only have to continue along the lakeside to arrive in the International Geneva sector and access the CICG right at the heart of it.
Don't forget to buy your motorway sticker.

Geneva, Switzerland

Bienvenue à Genève! Welcome to Geneva! Situated along the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps, Geneva sparkles as one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, Geneva has a long history of diversity and tolerance dating back to the Protestant Reformation. Today, the city of Geneva is a cultural center second to none featuring world class entertainment, top rated restaurants and unlimited opportunities for recreation.
Learn more about Geneva here!


oneworld® is pleased to be the official airline alliance of The 8th World Sustainability Forum - WSF2020.

As a registered attendee, you can access discounted flights for travel to this event

attendee benefits
  • Discounts on flights for attendees and one travel companion.
  • Travel up to seven days before and seven days after the event.
  • Flights available from all oneworld member airlines and affiliates.
  • Enjoy a user-friendly booking tool showing the most convenient flight options.
  • 24-hour support via email or phone.
  • Earn rewards and tier status points on eligible oneworld flights.
  • Frequent flyer privileges including access to some 650 premium airport lounges worldwide, fast track at security lanes in selected airports and extra baggage allowance.*
  • Seamless connections and quality service on oneworld member airlines.
take advantage today

Visit and enter event code OW18B19 to access our online booking tool.

oneworld, the premier global airline alliance, brings together 13 leading airlines from around the world - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines. Together with around 30 affiliate members, oneworld’s network currently serves more than 1,000 destinations in 150 countries. For more information please visit

*Privileges depend on your oneworld tier status level. For more information visit


During the conference, we want your stay in Geneva to be as good as possible. With that in mind, we have reached an agreement with several hotels to make your accommodation choice a bit easier.

We are delighted to announce that the following hotels will offer a discounted price for all attendees to the WSF2020 conference:








Accor Hotels Geneva


Accor has been providing hospitality savoir-faire for more than 50 years and constantly expands. Accor is today a world for every lifestyle. Our group is built upon four brand pillars: maximize performance, empowered talent, open innovation and acting for a meaningful hospitality, that embrace the future while continuing to put people – guests, customers and talents – at the heart of everything we do. We offer 18 hotels in the city from 1* to 5* in the city centre, airport and suburbs to meet all needs.

All the different hotels and their locations can be found here

Booking here for all Accor Hotels

between CHF 110.- and 290.-

Extra charge for double occupancy

Hotel Eden Genève


The ideal hotel for a business trip or leisure break in Geneva.
All the services of a superior 3-star hotel and much more besides! 15 minutes from Geneva Airport / 1km from United Nations

See on map

Fill in this form and send by email to [email protected]

CHF 205.- (single) 245.- (double)

Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport


The Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport with its modern interior has an excellent value for money. All of the 154 rooms are modern and comfortable and are all equipped with a bathroom with shower, a working desk with electrical and analogical connectors, a telephone with outside line, voice mail and an interactive television set.

See on map

Booking here

CHF 162.-

Starling Hotel Geneva


On-site, the Starling Hotel Geneva invites you to take advantage of the many different facilities dedicated to business, sport and leisure. Close to the city centre, it benefits from easy access to Geneva Airport as well as to Palexpo.

See on map

Booking here

CHF 200.-

Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva


Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is a destination spot all on its own – a lively after-work entertainment complex, a luxurious staycation option, a peaceful respite in an urban setting…or a private, lavish haven that far exceeds our guests’ expectations.

See on map

Booking coming soon

CHF 432.50


Hotel Ibis Saint-Genis-Pouilly Genève


The Hotel ibis Saint Genis Pouilly Genève is easily accessible and located between the Jura mountains and the French Alps. It is just 10 minutes from Geneva airport and the Palexpo convention centre, and 1.9 miles (3 km) from CERN. It has 81 elegant and innovative rooms with free WIFI, the Courtepaille grill-restaurant and the Avanzi bar-lounge, and welcomes both business and leisure travellers seeking a cosy and modern atmosphere

See on map

The hotel is situated in France

Email mentioning the reservation number: 957246

EUR 99.00

Best Western Park Hôtel Genève-Thoiry


The Best Western Park Hôtel Genève-Thoiry is pleased to welcome you in a wonderful surrounding between Jura chain and the Alps. For tourism or business, whatever you come for, you will always be welcome in one of our 106 rooms (Comfort, Superior, Executive or Deluxe).

See on map

Situated in France, the hotel organises a free shuttle bus to Geneva Airport which will facilitate your transport to the CICG. You will need to book it in advance.

Email mentioning “WSF 8”, your name and dates of stay

EUR 99.87


Appart'City apartments offer fully furnished and equipped apartments for rent with à la carte services as well as hotel services for your stay. Four of their residences are available: Appart'City Genève Aéroport Vernier, Appart'City Genève Aéroport Ferney-Voltaire, Appart'City Genève Gaillard and Appart'City Annemasse Centre Pays de Genève

Map available on their website

Enter code: WSF2020

Price range varies depending on location and apartment

Please be aware that every hotel has its own individual cancellation policy. Breakfast is not necessarily included in the room price. You will be charged extra for the city tax.

SDGs Book Series - Transitioning to Sustainability

With a new Open Access book series centered on the SDGs, MDPI pursues environmentally and socially relevant research which contributes to efforts toward a sustainable world. Transitioning to Sustainability aims to add to the conversation about regional and global sustainable development according to the 17 SDGs. Set to be published in spring 2020, and coinciding with the SDGs’ 5-year anniversary, the book series is intended to reach beyond disciplinary, even academic boundaries.

In 17 volumes, Transitioning to Sustainability examines each of the 17 SDGs in its dynamic and multifaceted nature. Each volume will present approaches to, achievements of, and challenges for the respective SDG. Considering the complex links among the SDGs, each volume also highlights complementarities to, as well as trade offs with, other goals. To reflect the diversity of positions, each volume may include theory chapters, chapters presenting empirical research, position pieces, progress on important research programmes, and stakeholder initiatives.
In addition to the 17 volumes dedicated to the SDGs, one volume aims to cover a global perspective on sustainability and the SDGs. It is intended to set the SDGs into context, notably, in view of other agendas, such as the Paris Agreement. Also, it will respond to the 5-year anniversary of the SDGs. Transitioning to Sustainability will be presented and serve as a basis for discussion at the World Sustainability Week, to be held from 14-19 September 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland.

For information, please contact Florence Siegenthaler: [email protected]

World Sustainability Award - Emerging Sustainability Leader Award

Open for Nominations

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