Fellow AIB Members,

Please allow me to draw your attention to the Call for Abstracts for the 6th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development at Columbia University in September of this year.

The Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with
the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Sixth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 26-28 September, 2018, at Columbia University in New York City.

If you would like to present at the conference, you must submit an abstract as directed below. The
conference is also open to observers (i.e. non-presenters). Simply register on the conference website to join us.

The conference theme is Breaking Down Silos: Fostering Collaborative Action on the SDGs. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels. Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the following Topics. We have a large number of Topics on offer this year, several focusing on specific SDGs (listed in order):

1. Linking Policy, Operations, and Workforce toward Meeting Global Health Goals
2. Opportunities of Marine Natural Capital for Sustainable Blue Growth
3. Metrics and frameworks for assessing Sustainable Urban Development
4. Ensuring Public Engagement and Accountability for Sustainable Urban Development
5. Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Towns and Small Cities
6. Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building in Agriculture
7. Economics and Demography of Natural Disasters
8. Clean and Affordable Energy as a Keystone for Sustainable Development
9. Globalization, Value Chains and Decent Work
10. Indigenous Approaches to Understanding and Practicing Sustainable Development
11. Mainstreaming Gender in Agenda 2030: Interlinkages between Sustainable Development Goals
12. Breaking Down Silos in Government Administration
13. Breaking Down Silos in Universities: Imaginative Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Development Research, Education, and Practice
14. Collaborative Arts & Culture to Help Achieve the SDGs
15. What's Law Got to Do With It? Legal Preparedness for Delivering the SDGs
Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English, by 1 May, 2018, via the conference website. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one Topic.

A link to the conference website can be found here:  http://ic-sd.org/2018/03/02/2018-conference-call-for-abstracts/

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