conference banner image
In partnership with the Civil Society Unit and the Academic Impact Initiative of the United Nations Department of Global Communications


Homepage | Interactive Program | Presentations | Published Papers | Side Events | Concept Note | Planning | Volunteer | FAQ

Executive Committe

Íñigo Arbiol Oñate
Director Master in International Relations and Business Diplomacy
University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain
Mark Charlton
Mark Charlton
Directorate of Social Impact & Engagement
De Monfort University
Leicester, United Kingdom
Ramu Damodaran
Ramu Damodaran
United Nations Chief Academic Impact Initiative
New York City, USA
Elsie Ngowo Effange-Mbella
Elsie Ngowo Effange-Mbella
Minister Plenipotentiary of Foreign Affairs
Yuan Kwan Chan
Yuan-Kwan Chan
ReliefWeb Asia-Pacific Head of Office
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Bangkok, Thailand
Susana Mosquero Monelos
Susana Mosquera Monelos
Vice Dean of Research
Professor of Law – University of Piura, Peru
Felipe Queipo
Felipe Queipo
United Nations NGO Relations & Advocacy
Communications Officer
New York City, USA
Baldomero Lago
Baldomero Lago
Conference Host
UVU Office for Global Engagement
Utah, USA

Scientific Committee

Kristu Jayanti College believes that quality education is a powerful weapon to ensure a zero-poverty world.  The college offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students in Bangaluru, India.

The University of Pretoria is one of five research-intensive universities in South Africa. The university’s long-term strategy, entitled UP 2025, is centered on research that addresses societal problems, in particular problems faced by Africa as a developing continent and region. It hosts a number of institutes and centers related to SDG 2 and collaborates widely with South African, African and international institutions.

New York Medical College (NYMC), founded in 1860, is one of the largest private health sciences universities in the United States and it has a strong history of involvement in the social and environmental determinants of health and disease, and a special concern for the poor, the powerless, and the helpless.

The University of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest university, has a strong commitment to sustainability and making a positive social impact through its partnerships, research, teaching, community engagement and knowledge transfer. This institution has a long-standing commitment to providing inclusive and equitable quality education, as well as lifelong learning opportunities for all.

SDG 5The Ahfad University for Women, an institution of higher education in Sudan, has prepared women to assume leadership roles in their communities and in the nation since its founding in 1966. In keeping with this objective, the ‘Ahfad experience’ embraces a combination of academic courses, on-the-job training, individual research, and community extension activities.

The University of Manitoba is a top research-intensive institution and the largest university, both by total student enrolment and campus area, in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Its mission is to create, preserve, communicate and apply knowledge, contributing to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba and the world, with sustainability being one of its key values.

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA) in Greece is devoted to the study of issues related to the geopolitics of energy in Southeast Europe, the Black Sea and Central Asia regions. For more than a decade, the university has promoted regional cooperation among scientific institutions, policymakers and market stakeholders on issues related to SDG 7 by transferring knowledge, training and developing energy efficiency policies.

The Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering, and Management Sciences (BUITEMS)located in Pakistan is dedicated to providing quality education with a focus on research and equipping students to be productive members of society while contributing to the socio-economic uplift of Pakistan in general, and the region of Balochistan in particular.

Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT) of Japan aims to produce creative abilities based on the educational philosophy of the “Science of Technology (GIGAKU)”.  Nagaoka University of Technology has sent over 10,000 engineers out into the world to contribute to the development of industry and infrastructure. The institution believes that the SDGs should be the basic principle of engineering education and recognizes the role that engineering, science, technology and innovation can play in building resilient infrastructure and promoting international scientific collaboration for sustainable development.

SDG 10Mount Kenya University (MKU) is an institution of higher education committed to a broad-based, holistic and inclusive system of education, with the vision of being a global hub of excellence in education, research and innovation, and with the mission of providing them for a global transformation and to advance sustainable development.

SDG 11
UNISINOS, is a Jesuit university in Brazil and is among the top three private universities in the country. At UNISINOS, social and environmental responsibility is an institutional guideline for the design and implementation of plans and policies, at the level of education, research, and extension, and also at the managerial level.

SDG 12
The University for Peace (UPEACE), located in Costa Rica, was established as a treaty organization with its own Charter in an international agreement adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 35/55 of 5 December 1980. The vision of UPEACE is to be a forward-thinking, transformational and inspirational educational institution dedicated to the goals of quality teaching, research and service for serving humanity in building a peaceful world.

SDG 13
The National University of Rosario, an institution of higher education in Argentina, was created in 1968. Since its inception, the university began an active relationship with the society from which it was generating each one of the projects that it launched and that was expressed in a sustained growth according to the demands of the region.

SDG 14
The University of Bergen (UiB) is one of Norway's leading comprehensive research universities. UiB has developed SDG Bergen, which is a strategic initiative to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals and includes science diplomacy and scientific advice.

SDG 15The University of Zanjan, founded in 1975, is one the largest universities of Iran, with over 10,000 students. It is one of the top comprehensive public universities in the country and is committed to contributing to both scientific knowledge and the development of society. The university has five main faculties, including Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities, Arts and Architecture and Science, with 400 permanent and full-time academic members.

SDG 16
De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, aims to build a scholarly community committed to the public good and underpinned by an ability to challenge convention and create impact. The university has created a network of 100 like-minded universities across the globe to share research, information and good practice with the aim of promoting peace, justice and strong institutions in line with Sustainable Development Goal 16.

SDG 17
The University of Buea is one of eight State Universities in Cameroon and one of two State Universities where instruction is in English. It hosts eleven Faculties and Schools which are devoted to providing quality education through the teaching of classical and professional programs, and a strong component of research centered on some of the SDGs such as health, water resources, clean energy, technology, climate change, law, and gender issues. It has established sound partnership links with universities, institutions, and private sectors at the national and global levels.