Call for Proposals for the Hybrid International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) 18-20 September 2023

The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Eleventh Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 18-20 September 2023 in a hybrid format. Plenary sessions where abstracts will be presented will take place virtually. You do not need to attend the event in person to submit or present a paper. A second component of the event will feature high-level panels and keynote speakers and can be attended in person in New York or virtually. Registration for all parts of ICSD will open in June. 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).

The theme of the 2023 ICSD is “The Midpoint of the SDGs: Global and Local Progress & Challenges.” 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. This year ICSD will accept abstracts within seven themes, several of which have different “tracks” within them. This summary of all themes and tracks is intended to guide researchers as to where to submit their abstracts.

1. Advancing Quality Education (5 tracks)

2. Climate Change (3 tracks)

3. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Development (3 tracks)

4. Progress Made by the Private Sector in Meeting the SDGs (1 track)

5. Social Sciences & Humanities (6 tracks)

6. Sustainable Cities (3 tracks)

7. The Digital Age (2 tracks)

A more detailed description of each theme can be found here. Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words, but not exceeding 500 words, in English, by 1 May 2023, via the conference website. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one track. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or the submission of the same abstract under multiple tracks is likely to result in the abstract being declined.

The scientific committee will review abstracts and send all decision letters by 3 June 2023. Abstracts can be accepted as either poster or oral (i.e., PowerPoint) presentations. 

Presenters invited to give oral presentations must submit a full paper by 1 August 2023 in order to maintain their position in the program. Presenters failing to submit full papers will be moved to poster presentations. Presenters who do not register before the 1 September 2022 deadline may also forfeit their spot on the agenda.

Abstract Timeline

1 March 2023              Call for Abstracts Open

1 May 2023              Deadline for Submission of Abstracts

3 June 2023                 Abstract Decision Letters Emailed

1 August 2023             Full Papers Due (For Abstracts Oral Presentations Only)

1 September 2023      Registration Deadline for Presenters

Submit your abstract here