In September 2015 the United Nations adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals were announced that seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

Conference Objectives 

From 27 to 29 June, 2016, actors from social science academia (including humanities and interdisciplinary institutions), policy circles and  non-governmental organizations, will gather in Amsterdam to critically review these newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their potential for mobilizing the world to a more equitable and environmentally sustainable future.

The conference will discuss and develop strategies for future research, teaching and actions that will emanate from the establishment of these goals, targets and indicators.


Aside from morning and evening plenary talks by notable speakers, there will be at least ten sessions a day with up to six running parallel at a time, each focusing on a particular Sustainable Development Goal or on a crosscutting theme or topic. There will be an eclectic mix of events including debates, discussions and presentations.


Participants can choose to follow only one, several or all sessions. Participation is free, but registration obliged. Due to the conviction that the sustainable development agenda can best come about by exchanging different knowledges, we welcome all who are interested in sustainable development. For three days, the conference will offers an inspiring environment in which students, researchers, policymakers, administrators, (local) politicians and authorities, non-governmental organizations and representatives from various other disciplines in the field of sustainable development can meet

Dates and venue

The conference will take place on June 27-29, 2016, at the University of Amsterdam

More information

Please see the conference website.