Universities and Sustainable Communities: meeting the goals of the Agenda 2030

The 2nd World Symposium on Sustainability Science: Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals “Universities and Sustainable Communities: meeting the goals of the Agenda 2030” is going to be organised in Curitiba, Brazil, 1-3 April 2019.

Universities and Sustainable Communities: meeting the goals of the Agenda 2030

The United Nations Summit, held on 25-27 September 2015 in New York, adopted the post-2015 development agenda and a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are outlined in the document "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".

This Agenda is a plan of action for peope, planet and prosperity, which seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. It contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, which demonstrate vision and ambition. It seeks to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. The document "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" also clearly show the need for an integrated handling of the three main dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

There is a world consensus in relation to the fact that Sustainability Science, i.e. a branch of science concerned with an integrated view of the three main dimensions of sustainable development, can provide an important contribution in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Even though in the past the potential of Sustainability Science has been largely overlooked – some say underestimated – it is clear that it can provide a key contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, more specifically, the realisation of the vision set at the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It is based on the perceived need to explore and present concrete case studies which illustrate how Sustainability Science and Research can help to achieve the many goals listed in the document "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", that the "2nd World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research” is being brought to life. It follows the first Symposium, held in Manchester, UK in April 2017.  The theme of WSSS-2019 is: “Universities and Sustainable Communities: meeting the goals of the Agenda 2030”.

The Symposium, to be held in Curitiba, Brazil, on 5th-7th April 2019, is being jointly organised by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Brazil), Hamburg University, University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) in cooperation with various UN bodies, government offices and authorities, universities, enterprises, NGOs and grassroots organisations from across the world.

The key dates are:

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30th August 2018
  • Deadline for submission of full papers: 20th November 2018
  • Deadline for the submission of the revised papers: 20th January 2019
  • Deadline for registrations: 30th January 2019

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed. The accepted one will be published in the multi-volume publication “Universities and Sustainable Communities: meeting the goals of the Agenda 2030”. This landmark publication will be part of the award-winning “World Sustainability Series”, published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers. The book will be fully peer-reviewed and will thus officially count as high calibre publication output for promotion and tenure purposes.

For more information, see the event website.

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