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The 8th World Sustainability Forum

14/09/2020 - 19/09/2020, 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, UNDP
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Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Max Bergman

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

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Prof. Dr. Ed Constable

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

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Prof. Dr. Antoine Flahault

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

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Welcome from the Chairs

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WSF2020
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 the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, 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 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 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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Organizers

The MDPI Sustainability Foundation, Basel, Switzerland

Conference Secretariat

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

Tel. +41 61 683 77 35

Mailing Address

MDPI Sustainability Foundation
WSF 2020 Secretariat
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland
http://wsforum.org/

Call for Participation


Submission Instructions
For the World Sustainability Week (WSW) in Geneva, we seek proposals 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) Sustainability Organization;
2) Session Stream;
3) Session;
4) Paper presentation;
5) Poster presentation.

Submission deadline: 1 March 2020
Sustainability Organization:
Organizations or networks involved with sustainability-related topics may apply for a session or session stream. The sessions will be part of the WSW, 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 WSW. 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 WSW participants. Include a representative’s name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Submit your organization abstract to [email protected] with a copy to [email protected].

Session Streams:
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 [email protected] with a copy to [email protected].

Session:
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 [email protected] with a copy to [email protected].

For Paper presentation:
Create an account on Sciforum.net 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.

For Poster presentation:
Create an account on Sciforum.net 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.

Publication opportunities:
Presenters will be invited to submit their papers for publication to EITHER a special issue of Sustainability

Special Issue "8th World Sustainability Forum—Selected Papers"
Open for Submissions - Deadline: 31 December 2020

OR the edited book series Frontiers in Sustainability (ISSN 2624-9715). A DOI number will be registered for each paper published in edited books. Obviously, you are free to publish your paper in any other outlet. All papers published in Sustainability and Frontiers in Sustainability are published in open access.

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Blog WSF2020

27 September 2019

PlantATreeForSDG Challenge: Kicking off the countdown to the 1st World Sustainability Week in style written by Charlotte Gardini

27 September 2019 marked the kick-off to the countdown of the 1st World Sustainability Week (WSW). For this occasion, Matthias Burkhalter (who initiated the idea) and the two chairs of WSW, Professor Max Bergman and Professor Ed Constable, came together with Dr Heiner Vischer, President of Basel’s Grand Council, to plant a 20-year-old oak tree in Petersplatz in Basel – the tree is the first of its kind to be planted in the square.

From left to right: Prof. Ed Constable, Prof. Max Bergman, Mr Matthias Burkhalter and Grossrats-Präsident Heiner Vischer

From left to right: Prof. Ed Constable, Prof. Max Bergman, Mr Matthias Burkhalter and Dr Heiner Vischer

A few words were said by Professor Ed Constable and Dr Heiner Vischer before the four men took to their shovels. Everyone present soon followed suit and did their bit in planting the tree. All their hard work was later rewarded by a small apéro, held in front of the newly planted tree.

The tree planting was not only a symbolic gesture for the WSW – which will be held from 14 to 19 September 2020 at the CICG in Geneva, Switzerland – but also an act to raise awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals, #ACT4SDGS, powered by the UN SDG Action Campaign.

Mr Burkhalter’s aim is to plant 365 trees before the launch of the WSW on 14 September 2020. If you also want to play your part, join in the #PlantATreeForSDG challenge and plant your very own tree. Remember to post it online and use the hashtag #PlantATreeForSDG so that we can count it.

“... and so we come to the trees. Trees are the good custodians of nature. Trees use light energy from the sun for the process of photosynthesis, which transforms carbon dioxide and water into the organic compounds that make life possible - everything we eat and what we wear, every book we read, every litre of gas we consume... comes from this process.” -- Excerpt from Edwin Constable’s speech.

24 September 2019

Registration is now open.

Early fees valid until 30 April 2020

Academics

CHF 450.00

Academics*

CHF 360.00

Academics**

CHF 200.00

Academics - single day

CHF 200.00

Academics* - single day

CHF 160.00

Commercials

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

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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


GENEVA HEALTH FORUM
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 - 14. - 19. September 2020 - Geneva, Switzerland
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The registration platform and the program structure will be uploaded by the end of April 2019.
For information, please contact Matthias Burkhalter: [email protected]

Registration

The registration fee includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks and lunches, conference bag and program book.

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: a 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 (Price per person: CHF 100.00).

*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* 360.00 CHF 480.00 CHF Proof of membership
Academics** 200.00 CHF 300.00 CHF
Academics - single day 200.00 CHF 300.00 CHF
Academics* - single day 160.00 CHF 240.00 CHF Proof of membership
Commercials 600.00 CHF 800.00 CHF
Commercials - single 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

Disclaimer
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


Conference Venue

CICG

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 our 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.

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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



From
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
motorway
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.

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 http://wsforum.org/instructions

Sponsoring Opportunities

For questions regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact the secretariat or Matthias Burkhalter [email protected]

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!


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