The 2019 ICSD International Conference invites speakers and papers to discuss the following, but not limited to, themes:
Fostering sustainable prosperity and economic opportunity.
How can we ensure that economic growth benefits everyone? What policies and practices can best meet people’s needs and maximize their opportunities? What new tools and technologies can be used to further social development? Topics include but are not limited to: ending poverty and hunger; reducing inequality; expanding social protection and social investments; ensuring access to quality education; increasing just and safe work and preventing exploitation; exploring market-based approaches to social development; and promoting social innovation in policy and practice. These subthemes are linked to SDGs 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, and 10.
Improving health and wellbeing across the lifespan.
How can we help everyone to achieve their highest attainable standard of health and mental health? What policies and practices can prevent health problems and respond to public health crises? How can we build health and mental health systems and services that are accessible, affordable, and acceptable to everyone? How do peoples’ health and wellbeing needs vary across the lifespan? How can we meet the needs of special and vulnerable populations? Topics include but are not limited to: promoting health and mental health; ensuring access to quality and affordable health care; enhancing child protection and children’s wellbeing; enriching older adults’ wellbeing and quality of life; responding to epidemics; and reducing substance abuse and suicide. These subthemes are linked to SDG 3.
Promoting gender equality and empowerment.
How can we empower women for greater participation and equality in society? How can women gain access to greater financial capacity, assets, and economic opportunities? How can women be protected from violence and discrimination, and access legal protection and justice? How can we bring a gender perspective to social development? Topics include: eliminating violence against women; ending gender discrimination; promoting women’s economic and political empowerment; and advancing gender-based approaches in social development. These subthemes are linked to SDG 5.
Cultivating a safe planet.
How do we understand the link between social development, social welfare, and the environment? How can we raise social welfare in a sustainable manner? What strategies are needed to respond to the new challenges resulting from a changing climate? How can social development address the underlying conditions that affect health and wellbeing? Topics include but are not limited to: creating sustainable cities; ensuring access to clean and affordable water, sanitation, energy, and food; building disaster-resilient communities; and adapting to climate change. These subthemes are linked to SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15.
Advancing public leadership for peace, justice, and human rights.
How can we strengthen public service and good governance in the pursuit of social development? How can public institutions be made participatory, transparent and accountable? How can global partnerships, particularly South-to-South exchanges, facilitate social development? How can we promote recovery from injustice, oppression, trauma, violence, and human rights violations? How can we promote and protect human rights for all? Topics include but are not limited to: supporting good governance and democracy; advancing rights-based approaches; fostering strong public institutions; creating collaborative partnerships for social development; championing social justice and inclusion; protecting migrants and multiculturalism; promoting conflict resolution, reconciliation, and reconstruction; and sustaining civil society and social movements. These subthemes are linked to SDGs 16 and 17.