Knowledge for Sustainable Development: the Research–Policy Nexus

Starts:  Oct 23, 2019 12:00 AM (DE)
Ends:  Oct 25, 2019 12:00 AM (DE)
Associated with  Sustainable Development Goals
The Global Development Network (GDN) is hosting its 19th global development conference on the 23-25 October 2019, to facilitate the research-policy interface in pursuit of the SDGs. Registrations are now open.

The global conference in Bonn will ask how to strengthen the capacity of the current system of development research to meet new development challenges and facilitate sustainability. It will showcase high level, truly inclusive evidence-based debates on current development challenges and priorities. It will share knowledge for development by highlighting innovative, high-quality, original and topical research on development, and providing developing and transition countries with a voice in shaping global policy debates on sustainable development.

The conference will target 400 participants, drawn from a diverse group of researchers, policymakers, representatives of international organizations, civil society, development practitioners and the private sector. Because it is being held in Bonn, we expect high-level German and other European dignitaries to attend. The program will last two-and-a-half days, during which each of the themes will be discussed in 90-minute plenaries. , followed by a discussion of subthemes selected through competitive calls. Other features will include special keynotes, awards, essay competitions, posters, and side events. 

Four interrelated conference themes will be discussed:

  • From research to sustainable development action: interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing, evidence brokering
  • The global and shared challenges of sustainable development: migration, climate change, health,etc.
  • Next frontier challenges: Big Data, AI, digital transformation
  • Greater local ownership and sustainability: implications for research policies and funding 
GDN is partnering with the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research/ Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB), and the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security, under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Download the concept note, know more about the conference and register to attend at

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World Conference Centre
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2,
Bonn, 53113
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