New York, United States
8-10 mai 2011
The conference theme is "Moving Toward a Sustainable Future: Opportunities and Challenges." Within this theme the 17th International Sustainable Development Research Conference will explore the fundamental question of whether the aspirations of global society to continued growth can be harmonized with the existing limits imposed by Earth's resource base including mineral reserves, capacity for renewable resources and ecosystems. ISDRC17 will explore how progress in the field of sustainable development can be translated into political action in preparation of the Rio+20 conference to be held in 2012.
To address this question the conference will explore what it would take to master the challenge of sustainable development in a future with increasing constraints under the assumption that developing countries will continue to strive for improvements in their standard of living. At the same time the conference will examine opportunities and mechanisms through which global society can move away from a non-sustainable path towards a sustainable future.
We invite contributions on the nature of the global sustainable development challenge ranging from investigations of fundamental pressures on the natural and socioeconomic systems in a developing world and limits of Earth to support further development, to solutions to the problems created by continuing development of a growing global population. The conference will serve as a forum for open and diverse intellectual discourse on these topics with focus on identifying practicable steps towards a sustainable future that are ready for implementation on the local, regional and global scale.
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