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SDPI’s Twentieth Sustainable Development Conference ‘Seventy Years of Development: The Way Forward’

Dec 5 - Dec 7

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Concept Note
The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twentieth Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 5 – 7 December 2017 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
This year’s overarching theme of the SDC is ‘Seventy Years of Development: The Way Forward’. Milestones are a measure of aims seen in tangible results. Aims that are set for achieving a goal based on a collective vision which is essentially larger than life and desired to attain the greater good. For any nation, these milestones represent a journey and present its people with an opportunity to reflect back on what was achieved and what is still required.
There will be three streams under the overarching theme:
Stream 1: Pakistan has turned seventy in 2017. There is a lot to learn from seventy years of our developmental experiences on what worked, what did not work and what may work for countries like Pakistan to attain sustainable development goals in future. This time, SDC aims to congregate key stakeholders, national and international, to reflect on peace and development promises made and what has been achieved so far. We are inviting academicians, development practitioners, and development partners who are working in/on South Asia to take a futuristic approach and suggest a “way forward” for development.  This SDC will aim at highlighting collective efforts and commitment that feeds to the peace conscience and renews the zeal for persistent effort.
SDC Plenary 1 would focus on “Pakistan’s centenary” and what needs to be done so that “no one is left behind” in Pakistan by 2047.
Stream 2: Given that it will be 25 years of SDPI, the SDC would therefore touch upon the role of think tanks (TTs) towards sustainable development. The speakers from like-minded organizations around the world would not only share the role of TTs in bridging policy research gaps but also their role in getting those policies implemented. Along with sharing the success stories of sustaining the independent policy research organizations in challenging times, the speakers would also share the stories of impact created by TTs in sustainable development. This platform will give an opportunity to discuss the role of thinking community, and what they have contributed; and, based on past experience share the future agenda.
SDC Plenary 2 would focus on the need for independent policy TTs in the era of populist policy making and what they may contribute in achieving SDGs.
Stream 3 – Conference Sub-themes: This will include the general sessions that may come under the overarching theme. These may also include project specific sessions; sessions with development partners and international donors; and, how to make their engagement effective. Sessions under the umbrella of stream 3 will look at socio-economic development, SDGs, social justice, women empowerment, minority rights, climate change, REDD+, information technology, energy, etc. This year’s SDC will also feature a pre-conference Sustainable Development Expo (first of its kind in Pakistan) in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan. The SD Expo will showcase innovative interventions and techniques from the corporate sector and best practices from around the world. In light of these activities, the SDC will feature panels on innovation, technology and practical solutions.
SDC Plenary 3 would take forward the sub-themes and role of media in highlighting issues on environment, economics and social justice. This year SDPI would hold a plenary to honour journalistic efforts made in 2017 with Media Awards in three categories, i.e. print, electronic and photo journalism.
A peer reviewed conference anthology based on papers presented at the occasion will be launched at the succeeding Conference. Keeping up with this tradition, the Twentieth SDC will showcase launch of the SDC 2016 anthology titled ‘Sustainable Development: Envisaging the Future Together’, a peer reviewed publication, along with other publications.
As done so in earlier SD Conferences, SDPI will compile the policy recommendations from the 30 plus panels and plenary sessions which will be communicated to the respective Ministries and at regional level institutions. The compiled recommendations along with detailed reports of the sessions will be published in a special edition of SDPI’s Research and News Bulletin. The policy recommendations coming out of the sessions will specifically be presented to policy makers, government officials, civil society members, academicians, private sector and researchers.
The Conference will provide an interactive forum to meet with experts and to find relevant ideas and solutions in an atmosphere of sharing and exploring.
SDC keynote plenary sessions and selected panels will be broadcast live on SDPI’s web-based TV ( for wider dissemination.
Last year, SDPI held the Nineteenth Sustainable Development Conference from 6 – 8 December 2016. A total of 29 concurrent sessions and three plenary sessions were organised during the three days. An audience of over 2,500 attended the 3-day Conference. Some 152 panellists participated from 18 countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkey, UK, and the USA. Over 42 international delegates from other countries became a part of the Conference.
There will be two to three keynote plenary sessions in which prominent keynote speakers will be invited to address significant areas as highlighted in the overarching theme. The plenary each day will be followed by concurrent sessions / panels on sub-themes. The plenary will last for one hour and 30 minutes while the duration of each panel will be two hours with three to five presentations followed by question-and-answer session.
Submission of abstracts by local speakers: 15 August 2017
Submission of abstracts by international speakers: 1 August 2017.
International speakers are encouraged to submit their abstracts by the 1 August 2017 so that they can be shortlisted and requested to send their visa clearance documents.
Submission of documents by Indian and Bangladeshi passport holders: 1 September 2017
Submission of Conference papers: 1 November 2017
Twentieth Sustainable Development Conference: 5—7 December 2017
Under the overarching theme, a number of panels based on sub-themes will be organized. Panel write-ups will be uploaded at the Conference web link mentioned below. Speakers are requested to submit their abstracts corresponding and suitably associated to the panel sub-theme objectives addressing the questions specifically being addressed in that particular panel. For details of the panels, authors’ guidelines, submission deadlines, etc., please visit our web link
All abstracts will go through a software review for originality and if cleared will be reviewed by an editorial committee. Only those speakers with short-listed abstracts will be informed and will be requested to submit their papers by the deadline. Kindly specify the panel title while submitting an abstract.
List of proposed panels along with their panel write-ups will be made available on