Introduction about The 8th annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS) 21 – 25 August 2017


21 – 25 AUGUST 2017

Theme: Challenges and Prospects of Attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within Planetary Boundaries

Date: 21 – 25 August 2017

Venue: Opening Ceremony: Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Technical Sessions: University of Ibadan Centre for Sustainable Development,

20 Awolowo Avenue, Old Bodija Estate, Ibadan, Nigeria


The Summit is aimed at investigating and understanding how Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved within the planetary boundaries. The summit shall engage key stakeholders in discourse to x-ray development process, bearing in mind the myriad of challenges that developing countries face.

Human activities are generally channeled towards improvement and development of communities and the world in general. However, these activities also impinge on the environment and if humans do not act responsibly in their actions, there are possibilities for them to pass certain thresholds or tipping points, defined as “planetary boundaries”. Once this happens, there is the risk of “irreversible and abrupt environmental change. Responsibilities on the part of human beings include responsible production and consumption, responsible population growth, responsible human capital (education and health) accumulation among others. All these actions while they can lead to development, also challenge the resilience of the planet to support human activity.

This Summit therefore explores the various theoretical and practical ways of understanding current debates in the global sustainability arena and emerging examples of approaches and solutions currently being developed and deployed so that the Sustainable Development Goals can be effectively and efficiently achieved both individually and collectively.


  1. Clean Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure
  2. Climate Change and Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
  3. Ending Poverty and Narrowing Inequality
  4. Health, Water and Sanitation
  5. Inclusive Economic Growth, Prosperity and Sustainable Businesses
  6. Innovative Science and Technology
  7. Environmental limits to Human Development
  8. Politics and Governance (including Communications Conflicts and Partnership)
  9. Quality Education, Job Skills and Decent Work
  10. Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development
  11. Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements
  12. Tourism and Sustainable Development


Registration fee is $200 while student registration is $75. Participants from Nigeria may pay local equivalents of the above rates.

Submission of abstracts and full papers

Those willing to present papers at the Summit should submit an extended abstract (2-4 pages). The extended abstracts must be sufficiently detailed to allow the session Organisers to judge the merits of the paper. It should include a description of the topic to be studied, theoretical focus, research methods, and findings. Priority will be given to papers that emphasise empirical research with clear implications for policy design and implementations. Please email your abstract to [email protected]. Please indicate ISDS 2017 in the Subject Heading.


Submission of Extended Abstract for oral Presentation and Posters Opens

1 February, 2017

Extended Abstract Submission Closes

19 June, 2017

Notification of Acceptance

7 July, 2017

Submission of the Full Papers (Optional)

31 July, 2017

Pre-Summit Workshop on Sustainability and Rural Development

21 August, 2017

Main Summit (ISDS)

22 August – 24 August 2017

Development Practice Annual Luncheon

25 August 2017

Annual General Meeting of SDSN- Nigeria

25 August 2017

Registration for the Summit is already in Progress. Click here to Register