London 2022

The Role of Higher Education in Re-Building the World Economy Post Covid-19

The conference aims to bring together various Higher Education Institutions (HEI) (universities, colleges and research institutes), societies (academic/professional) and individuals from across the world in a global forum to collaborate and reconnect with the discourse of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD) and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 

SD. The conference will introduce a variety of fundamental perspectives on the role of HEI to help re-building the global economy post Covid-19 global pandemic and more importantly in the Developing Countries.

Target audience: Vice-Chancellors, Senior Academics, Researchers, the UN Agencies, NGOs, Civil Society Groups, Women, Youth, Students, Private Sector, Business, SMEs, Government Officials and Agencies, Diplomats and other Stakeholders. The conference is expected to brings delegates from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice. You can also browse sample of our previous speakers here. To register for the conference please contact the conference co-ordinator Mrs Janet Snow via email ( no later than 5 August 2022

The conference is a golden opportunity for selected HEI that have played, and continue to play, a key role in transforming their teaching and research for the implementation of the UN’s Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs. We invite all participants to participate in this prestigious conference and showcase their courses, research projects, services and/or initiatives to the whole world, including top experts in the field of SD, Diplomats from various embassies in the UK, Ministers, the UN and high government officials and policy-makers, company directors, etc. The conference program will be published two weeks before the conference date but for a sample program structure, please check our previous conferences.

WASD is also very pleased to to official launch during the conference its latest initiative, Sustainable Development Goals Universities Initiative (SDGsUNi). SDGsUNi aims to help HEI play a critical role enabling their countries to achieve the 17 SDGs of the UN Agenda 2030 for SD.

WASD is delighted to have been working very closely with the various UN Agencies, most specifically with the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU). Both JIU and WASD are inspired by conviction UN Agenda 2030 for SD and the 17 SDGs that provides momentum for a renewed UN engagement with the public and private sectors. In 2018, WASD collaborated with JIU on the UN project A.435 “Strengthening the Policy Research Uptake in Service of the 2030”. And in 2019, WASD also worked very closely with the UN JIU on “Policies and platforms in support of learning: towards more coherence, coordination, and convergence“. The usefulness of such interaction between WASD and the UN system and the academic world in general is demonstrated by other thematic areas on which the academic interest coincided with the JIU professional work.


  • Find more about the future potential students from across the world. Several reports argue that youth’s perspectives on their future studies is focusing on SD and Forbes as an example refer to Generation Z as “sustainability generation”.
  • Build relationships and be involved with the UN’s various agencies and officials working on SDGs.
  • All leading World University Rankings such as QS, Times Higher Education and others, emphasise on the importance of assessing universities across the world critical role in implementing SDGs on campus and helping their countries as whole to achieve the UN SDGs.
  • Enhance your university’s profile in the international market.
  • Meet more than 200 delegates from around the world and network directly with key universities in the UK and across the world, and share experience and lessons learned with their research and teaching.
  • Selected universities will be included in our SDGs Universities Global/Regional/National Directories 2022. Focusing on SDGs, the directories will be officially launched during the conference and complementary copies will be distributed across the world. The recipients will include top experts in the field of SDGs, UN and high government officials and policy-makers, company directors, etc.
  • We welcome short presentations on our conference theme and encourage universities to propose papers and sessions that will be of interest to a diverse audience.
  • Selected universities will be provided with a choice of several levels of engagements in the conference. This can be through the university Vice Chancellor or Dean taking part in one of the various keynote speakers’ panel discussions.