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Monday, September 21, 2020

 Register here for Plenary 1 & Parallel 1A-B on Day 1 of ICSD 2020.

About this Event

Register for Session 1 (Plenary & Parallels) | September 21, 2020 UTC 03:00 to 06:00 am

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Plenary 1, University Leadership for the Decade of Action

03:00 – 04:00 UTC

The session will showcase innovative approaches that universities in the Asia/Pacific region are implementing to increase their societal value and impact on the SDGs, as well as the challenges and opportunities to accelerate these actions and make them part of a new “business-as-usual” for universities. The session is partially in response to the challenge made by President Mike Crowe of Arizona State University at a recent event of the UN Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, that universities need to change the way they operate and be more connected to the community to have real impact.


  • John Thwaites, Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute (Moderator)
  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor, University of Auckland
  • Kit Poon, Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University


  1. lenary 7 | Launch of the SDSN report: Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities
    Universities and other higher education institutions have a critical role in helping society achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their research, learning and teaching, campus operations, and leadership. The report, Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities, is a practical guide on how universities can harness their learning and teaching functions to provide “Education for the SDGs (ESDGs)”, helping learners develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and mindsets to achieve the SDGs.


    Maria Cortes-Puch, Vice President for Networks, SDSN (Moderator)
    Maria Garcia Alvarez, Lecturer, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
    Tahl Kestin, Research Program Manager, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, and Manager, SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific
    Ram Kumar, Co-Founder and Lead Strategist, UniGlow
    Tawana Kupe, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria
    Carlos Mataix, Director, itdUPM
    John Thwaites, Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute
    Parallel 7A

    Ended 2 hours ago

    Universities Driving Collaborative Solutions for the Decade of Action
    To view the list of speakers, please click here.

    Cross-cutting, just solutions towards the sustainability of the energy system
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    Parallel 7B

    Ended 2 hours ago

    Socio-technical Solutions for Water-Energy-Food Security Challenges
    To view the list of speakers, please click here.

    Parallel 7C

    Ended 2 hours ago

    Gender-based Innovations for Equitable SDG Outcomes
    To view the list of speakers, please click here.

    Parallel 7D

    Ended 2 hours ago

    Democratising Renewable Energy in the Global South
    To view the list of speakers, please click here.

    Parallel 7E

    Ended 2 hours ago

    Effective Industrial Policy to Achieve the SDGs
    To view the list of speakers, please click here.

  2. Plenary 10
    Nations around the world are planning for the clean energy transition of tomorrow, one of the key elements of the European Green Deal, the US Green New Deal, and other such frameworks around the world. With this transition comes a great opportunity to revive industry, build local economies, and create a sustainable, highly skilled, healthy workforce. Several efforts are underway to determine the best way to invigorate this transition with innovative policies to ensure a just and equitable clean energy transition. This panel discussion will showcase job growth opportunities for the clean energy transition in the United States, Europe, and Korea and discuss what policies are available to support the transition in these different contexts.


    Phoebe Koundouri, Professor of Sustainable Development, School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (Moderator)
    Robert Pollin, Distinguished University Professor of Economics and Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    Yongsung Cho, President, Korea Energy Economics Institute

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