2023 Malaysia

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The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) is pleased to announce its 27th annual conference to be held on the

hosted by the Faculty of Science, Technology

The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) is pleased to announce its 29th annual conference to be held on the

11-13th July 2023

hosted by the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Conference theme:

Half-way through Agenda 2030Assessing the 5Ps of SDG(people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership)

The Malaysia conference will take place in the mid of Agenda 2030, seven years and a half after SDGs was first launched in 2015, and seven years and a half more towards the year 2030. It goes without saying that the most appropriate theme for the 2023 conference is to assess the 5P of SDGs: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Let us recall the commitment made by country leaders around the world to the 5P in 2015.

We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.

We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.

We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.

We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.

Halfway through Agenda 2030, and in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic to endemic transition, people at every walk of life, are experiencing changes in their life, and governments are aligning their goals and targets to fit in the new ‘norms’. Against this background, researchers around the world are invited to share their work which assess the progress of SDGs and suggest new solutions that meet the needs of the 5P. Discussions will be organized along the traditional tracks of the conference based on the topic groups of ISDRS. Keynote and plenary sessions will also address the challenges of SDGs within the 5P context.

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Conference special topic:

Accelerating the progress towards the 2030 SDGs in times of crisis

This online conference covers sustainability in relation to all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the virtue of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. It aims to investigate the most current trends and implications for the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development in the Global North and Global South.

The ISDRS2021 conference will therefore explore transformative challenges and necessary systemic changes towards sustainable development in the light of the SDGs and COVID-19 including, but not limited to general ideas and specific approaches related

  • to environmental, social and economic drivers, state and perspectives and their interrelations with stakeholders, population, products, processes, innovation and technologies;
  • to protection and use of the environment, to social resilience, education and equality, and to economic production and consumption pattern, and
  • to the fitness for purpose of and integration among SDGs, also in the light of a post 2030 agenda and the UN 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature”.

The latest UN SDG Progress Report 2020 from July 2020 indicates that before the COVID-19 pandemic, progress remained uneven and that the world was not on track to meet the Goals by 2030. It further shows that this crisis did not sparse any of the SDGs, but effected particularly social ones by reversing several positive trends and even increasing several inequalities within and between countries. The report’s progress summary for the 21 SDG targets with a 2020 deadline indicates that only three of them are fully achieved or fully on track to being achieved, and emphasis the wide lack of these achievements regarding biodiversity (p. 60f).

To this end, we invite a wide range of contributions from those taking a critical stance at the SDGs as such towards those identifying positive impacts by the SDGs and providing additional solutions to incremental or holistic sustainability challenges. Discussions will be organised along the traditional tracks of the conference based on the topic groups of ISDRS and special tracks with local perspectives, all related to the overall conference theme. Additionally, prominent keynote and plenary speakers from all around the world will address challenges in science and practice related the overall theme of the conference.

Where and when?

July 13 – 15, 2021 

PhD Workshop July 12 2021



Deadline for abstract submission:

31st January 2021

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