Welcome to the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD). WASD is a global forum that brings together experts from across the world to discuss issues relating to sustainable development (SD), science and technology management. The aim of WASD is to promote the exchange of knowledge, experience, information and ideas among academics, scholars, professionals, policy makers, industry and students to improve the mutual understanding of the roles of science and technology in achieving the United Nations Agenda 2030 for SD and o its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To meet this aim, WASD runs global conferences and seminars, publishes high-quality refereed journals and books, and organises international development projects.
WASD works with a wide range of institutions, such as universities, research centres and governmental departments all over the world, particularly in the developing countries (see samples of our Clients and Partners). The Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI) and the International Diaspora Project/Sudan Knowledge (SK) are all involved in a multidisciplinary platform to help institutions and individuals with their various transformation plans. WASD various initiatives and activities together with our various partners across the world aim to strengthening institutions’ capabilities and capacities and enable them make big decisions.
WASD provides professionals, researchers and policymakers with the best available scientific evidence when contributing to better technological and economic development for all within the populations they serve. WASD therefore helps in reducing the gap between rich and poor countries by providing access to critical information (check our Training and Capacity-Building Brochure).
Since its inception in 2000, many people working as one team participated in the successful journey of WASD including academics, researchers, students, administrators, volunteers, partners and others from around the world and we continue looking for new talented and committed colleagues to join our various activities.
In simple terms, Sustainable Development (SD) refers to maintaining development over time. However, there are more than three hundred definitions of SD in the literature. Although the concept of sustainability is not new, it is the political and economic context in which it is applied that defines its saliency. The idea of SD encapsulates the reduction of vulnerability of the human condition, poverty and welfare issues, social justice, and environmental protection, as well as economic growth and equitable distribution of its gains. For SD to be meaningful it must encompass all issues about science, innovation, technology, research and development, information technology and e-commerce, economic development, health, Foreign Direct Investment, Multinational Corporations, international debt, aid, trade, politics, war, natural disasters, population growth, terrorism and so forth. The responsibility for achieving sustainable development is global and rests on both the developed and the developing nations. Therefore, we must think globally but act locally. We must also ensure that we pass on to future generation at least as much environmental wealth as we inherited.