Past Events


(Geneve, Switzerland, 10-13 April 2018) Public private partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

WASD 16th International Annual Conference
The thematic focus of the 2018 Conference will be “Public private partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
Program with Videos
Date: 10-13 April 2018
Venue: Palais de Nations, Geneve, Switzerland

(Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 16-18 May 2017) Digital revolution, smart cities and performance improvement towards a sustainable knowledge-based inclusive development

WASD 15th International Annual Conference
With the acceleration of the digital revolution, there lies the potential to utilise this to supplement sustainable development goals endeavours. Central to the forum were the challenges faced by countries within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The rapid urbanisation within the region were found to be leaning towards the development of smart cities, clearly exhibiting the governments’—particularly that of Saudi Arabia’s—recognition and consideration of the importance of the role of technology and the youth in their states’ future. Downward trends in oil prices have posed a serious barrier to this development, thus solutions to securing the economy and income in oil and gas export dependent states were also explored. The urgency of income and wealth inequalities was also revisited, which called for further radical reform in regulation and policy to better address the welfare, and macro- and micro-level challenges that have arose.
Program Day One with Videos
Program Day Two with Videos
Program Day Three with Videos
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2017
Date: 16-18 May 2017
Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain

(London, United Kingdom, 13 October 2016) United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction Conference 2016

United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction Conference 2016 
In celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) 13th of October 2016 the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD),the Arab Urban Development Institute and the UN Major Group for Children and Youth Young Scientists Platform on DRR are working together to meaningful and self-led youth-engagement of culture of risk-awareness in the developing countries. This one day event will introduce the burdens faced on young people in regards to natural and manmade disasters, stressing that these burdens pose huge challenges for the youth and more importantly undermine development efforts in all sectors of social, economic, cultural and environmental sustainability. The unique role and the value youth can play (innovators, scientists, inter-cultural ambassadors, peer-to-peer trainers, community mobilizers and advocates for vulnerable people) will be empowered to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, reduce mortality rates and improve resilience in the lead up to World Conference for DRR and beyond.
Watch Summary Video
Date: 13 October 2016
Venue: Knowledge Dock, University of East London, London, United Kingdom
(London, United Kingdom, 20-22 July 2016) Europe at a crossroads: the challenge for future sustainable development

WASD 14th International Annual Conference
In the last few years Europe has found itself facing a myriad of crises and vulnerabilities that have put its economic, political, environmental and social security, and safety at risk. Alongside these growing concerns, the continent now faces the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Bringing together scholars, government representatives, and various participants, the conference provided a platform to share experiences from all over the world to further understand what European governments are doing to rescue and accommodate refugees, and how they can more effectively do so in the face of austerity.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2016
Date: 20-22 July 2016
Venue: Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom
(Istanbul, Turkey, 1-3 June 2015) Green Behaviour Rethinking policy for sustainability

WASD 13th International Annual Conference
The 2015 conference encouraged an exploration of policies’ unplanned and indirect influences on other aspects of society. Particular focus is placed on how policies can modify consumer behaviour and how a sustainable future can be secured through market-friendly policies. Highlights of the conference were compiled in the Outlook 2015 collection of articles that demonstrate the challenges faced by communities globally, and how they can be best tackled without compromising growth and sustainability.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2015
Date: 1-3 June 2015
Venue: Istanbul, Turkey
(Montreal, Canada, 13-15 August 2014) West Meet East: Sharing the past and current experience to benefit the future

WASD 12th International Annual Conference
Instead of focusing on a particular area of sustainable development, the 2014 Montreal Conference sought to bring together various pieces of research and work that have addressed their respective state’s or region’s issues weaknesses and developments in key aspects of society. This includes, but is not limited to education, healthcare, and business.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2014
Date: 13-15 August 2014
Venue: Montreal, Canada
(London, United Kingdom, 2-4 September 2013) Sustainable development: new multi-disciplinary approaches and methodologies

WASD 11th International Annual Conference
Hosted in the London School of Economics and Politics Science (LSE), WASD’s 11th Conference revisited various multi-disciplinary approaches to sustainable development projects and project methodologies that have arisen in the last decade.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2013
Date: 2-4 September 2013
Venue: LSE, London, United Kingdom
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 19-21 November 2012) Change, innovate and Lead for a Sustainable Future

WASD 10th International Annual Conference
The 10th Conference targeted organisations and government with its focus on change management, innovation, and knowledge management. Drawing from changes and innovations in technology and social welfare policy, the conference centred on the significance of the role of leadership is in engaging organisations and communities, using successes in the introduction of new policies, practices, and technologies around the world.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2012
Date: 19-21 November 2012
Venue: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
(Atlantic City, United States, 26-28 October 2011) Sharing Knowledge Making a Difference: the role of international scientific cooperation

WASD 9th International Annual Conference
The 9th International Conference highlighted the quintessence of scientific cooperation to forwarding sustainable development goals beyond the advancement’s country of origin. Discussions included the feasibility of creating universal tools for learning, case studies comparing results of similar policies in different regions, and successes in policy or business development plans.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2011
Date: 26-28 October 2011
Venue: Atlantic City, United States
(St Lucia, Caribbean, 22-24 November 2010) Towards epistemic sovereignty: (Re-)thinking development in a changing global political economy

WASD 8th International Annual Conference
The 8th Conference took on a more theoretical turn, bringing into focus the value and appropriateness of neoliberal approaches to development across varying cultures and space. This was delivered through a series of in-depth studies and critical discussion on the failures, successes, and costs of such in policies that attempt to work within the global neoliberal framework.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2010
Date: 22-24 November 2010
Venue: St Lucia, Caribbean

(Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 9-11 November 2009) The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development

WASD 7th International Annual Conference
The years following the 2008 financial crisis were marked with distrust, disorder, and mass re-regulation. Overlooked in this global crisis were the impacts the recession had left on pursuits towards sustainable development goals. Bringing together experience and research papers from across the world, the conference further investigated the greater and less evidently demonstrable impacts of the crisis.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2009
Date: 9-11 November 2009
Venue: Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

(Brighton, United Kingdom, 27-29 August 2008) Managing Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future

WASD 6th International Annual Conference
Amidst growing concerns for the future’s political, environmental, and economic security in a largely unequal and disparate world, the 6th Conference explored global viewpoints on science and technology’s role in addressing such related matters. Beyond the study of technological innovations, it also covered the use of science and how it has thus far evolved in medicine, conservation, and nutrition.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2008
Date: 27-29 August 2008
Venue: Brighton, United Kingdom

(Brisbane, Australia, 29-31 October 2007) Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century

WASD 5th International Annual Conference
Touching briefly on the topic in the previous year’s conference, WASD brought Knowledge Management in sustainable development to the forefront of the 5th Conference’s focus. The rapid growth of information and communications technology (ICT) has not only taken the world into the digital age, but has also altered the economic demands and exacerbated inequality. With a sizeable proportion of the world’s economic growth linked to the rise of ICT, and the concentration of its development lying primarily within the developed, Western world, finding solutions to the growing technological gulf is essential to securing a more sustainable future.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2007
Date: 29-31 October 2007
Venue: Brisbane, Australia

(Naples, Italy, 6-8 November 2006) Global and Local Resources in Achieving Sustainable Development

WASD 4th International Annual Conference
The Naples Conference looked at how policies in politics, business and economy, technology, infrastructure, and environment can be more better geared towards sustainable development goals through the more efficient use of local and global resources.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2006
Date: 6-8 November 2006
Venue: Naples, Italy

(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 21-23 November 2005) Global Competitiveness: A Common Goal in a Digital Society

WASD 3rd International Annual Conference
The central to WASD’s 3rd conference were the roles and effects globalisation and technology have had in sustainable development. The highlights of the conference touched on corruption, foreign direct investments in least-developed countries, innovation, and even measuring sustainable development.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2005
Date: 21-23 November 2005
Venue: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

(Edinburgh, Scotland, 8-10 November 2004) The Role of Academic Institutions and Societies in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

WASD 2nd International Annual Conference
In pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), WASD’s 2nd International Conference brought together scholars, key figures in policymaking, and their respective papers to explore the role academic institutions play and can further play in the achievement of such.
Conference Proceedings – Outlook 2004
Date: 8-10 November 2004
Venue: Edinburgh, Scotland

Workshops and Debates

(London, United Kingdom, 28th October 2017) The Future of Sudan after lifting the US sanctions

Sustainability Debate Series
Early this month (6 October 2017), the US government has lifted parts the sanctions against Sudan towards normalizing relations which was promoted by Sudan’s efforts to end conflicts within the country, allowing good access for humanitarian purposes as well as good cooperation with the US on regional conflicts and compacting terrorism. The decision, which ends more than two decades of economic sanctions, received warm welcome across the world and it is hoped to contribute significantly to the betterment of the lives of the Sudanese people. The key question however, which this seminar will attempt to answer is: what Sudan should do to realise its potential after lifting the sanctions!
Date: Saturday 28th October 2017 (14:00-17:00)
Venue: University Square Stratford – London, United Kingdom

(London, United Kingdom, 14 January 2017) SUDAN AT A CROSSROADS: Towards a Vision for the Future & Youth Empowerment

SUDAN AT A CROSSROADS: Towards a Vision for the Future and Youth Empowerment
The main aim of this debate is to ensure Sudan is benefiting from its Diaspora (particularly youth) towards the vision for the future and involve them directly in formulating the objectives and desired outcomes of any policy, and the best means of achieving them in Sudan. Moreover the debate will also explore the role of the government, academic and research institutions as well as the private sector as recommended by the World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 to enable Sudan reap the digital benefits form the global growth in the digital jobs and knowledge economy particularly for the country’s Digital Natives (Youth).
Watch Full Video
Date: 14 January 2017
Venue: Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, London, United Kingdom
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