The Call for Abstracts for ICSD 2023 is now open! 

2023 International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) Parallel Session Themes

Deadline May 1st!

The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Eleventh Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 18-20 September, 2023, in a hybrid format. Plenary sessions where abstracts will be presented will take place virtually. You do not need to attend the event in person to submit or present a paper. A second component of the event will feature high-level panels and keynote speakers, and can be attended in person in New York or virtually. Registration for all parts of ICSD will open in June. If you would like to present at the conference, you must submit an abstract as directed below. The conference is also open to observers (i.e. non- presenters).

The theme of the 2023 ICSD is “The Midpoint of the SDGs: Global and Local Progress & Challenges”. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels. This year ICSD will accept abstracts within 7 themes, several of which have different “tracks” within them. Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the following themes and subsequent tracks:

  1. Advancing Quality Education (5 tracks)
  2. Climate Change (3 tracks)
  3. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Development (3 tracks)
  4. Progress Made by the Private Sector in Meeting the SDGs (1 track)
  5. Social Sciences & Humanities (6 tracks)
  6. Sustainable Cities (3 tracks)
  7. The Digital Age (2 tracks)

Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English, by 1 May, 2023, via the form below. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one track. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or the submission of the same abstract under multiple tracks is likely to result in the abstract being declined.


The scientific committee will review abstracts and send all decision letters by 9 June, 2023. Abstracts can be accepted as either poster or oral (i.e. PowerPoint) presentations. Presenters invited to give oral presentations must submit a full paper by 1 August, 2023*, in order to maintain their position in the program. Presenters who do not register before the 1 September, 2023 deadline may also forfeit their spot in the agenda.

Please submit all abstracts through Oxford Abstracts at


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