During the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Member States agreed to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), whose achievement period elapsed about 3 years ago in 2015 with mixed results – especially for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In 2015, the United Nations adopted a set of developmental goals to complement and/or substitute for the arguably missed targets of the MDGs. The SDGs aims to address and/ or redress three dimensions of sustainable development (environmental, economic and social) as well as ensure coherence with, and integrated into, the United Nations global development agenda over a time horizon of 2015 to 2030. The 17 SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity with a focus on the most vulnerable and a commitment that “no one will be left behind.”
The conference aims to bring together industry leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and researchers interested in sustainable development from a range of disciplines (e.g. Economics, Management Studies, Higher Education, Security Studies, Agriculture, etc) in order to consolidate existing work and to develop new research agendas in the Nigerian context.
Call for Papers
Against the above backdrop and consistent with the 2030 Agenda, which calls for “an integration of social and ecological objectives with the economic in order to enhance sustainable betterment on all fronts and excluding no one,” this conference could not have been better timed. The conference aims to bring together industry leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and researchers interested in sustainable development from a range of disciplines (e.g. Economics, Management Studies, Higher Education, Security Studies, Agriculture, etc) in order to consolidate existing work and to develop new research agendas in the Nigerian context.
The conference will pay attention to crucial governance and institutional factors facilitating and or constraining achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria. The conference will provide evidence to measure past progress, and assess where and how policy makers, financial institutions and business leaders in Nigeria should act. Speakers will examine where we are on the sustainability front compared with where we need to be? In what areas are efforts still falling short? What do we need to do in Nigeria to accelerate sustainable development and chart a path of getting there?
This conference seeks views and/or studies that explore the prospects and challenges of Nigeria meeting the SDGs. Papers are invited based on a wide range of methodological and theoretical orientations that seek to highlight the potential, and/ or challenges of Nigeria in achieving the 17 SDGs covering poverty and hunger, health and quality education, peace and security to sustainability. We are happy to consider contributions that interrogate the aforementioned challenges within the following tracks:
Track 1 – Poverty & Hunger
Track 2 – Health & Education
Track 3 – Energy
Track 4 – Gender & Equality
Track 5 – Work, Employment and Society
Track 6 – Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Track 7 – Sustainability & Climate Change
Track 8 – Institutions, Social Justice, Peace & Security
Track 9 – Partnerships
Track 10 –Mass Media and Freedom of Expression