The conference objective is to explore the impact of coronavirus pandemic on the global efforts to achieve the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD). More specifically, the conference aims to discuss and explore the strategic role of Diaspora to help in the various approaches and different ways planned by governments of their countries of origin which can contribute to the effective management of the Covid-19 pandemic and enhance and support the implementation of Agenda 2030 in the post Covids-19 era.
Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the entire world, today more than ever before in human history, there is an urgent need for wake-up call for all countries across the world to find a path to SD. The coronavirus pandemic has turned the entire world into ghost new world disrupting everything in our daily life and shutting the entire countries and cities across the globe. Although still early but many people and international organisations already predicting that the coronavirus pandemic will have more severe impact than all previous outbreaks including SARS and other deadly health epidemics.
The conference is expected to brings together researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice, you can also browse sample of our previous speakers here.
The deadly consequences of coronavirus pandemic, will of no doubt send shocking warnings for all governments to realise, accept and accomplish their natural and ascribed duties to continue their progress to achieve the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda. All governments must confront new realities rapidly manifesting themselves in the large number of people loosing their lives due to the coronavirus. Business as usual will not suffice and therefore governments need to be expansively re-focused in order to overcome the many steps back as a result of the coronavirus. More importantly, all governments need to undertake robust national and international fast-track polices and strategies to achieve the 2030 Agenda. It is now clearly recognised that innovation and knowledge, as well as being a central driver of economic growth, are also recognised as very important tools to help achieve SD.
In 2015, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs. The conference will critically address the question of how countries can achieve the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda and to provoke forward thinking on developing new methods and approaches to suit the challenges and opportunities of this new era of digital revolution. These new approaches call for actions to create different appropriate ways of doing things and of doing new things that will be essential to solve our future problems and help in the implementation of the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda. Systematic search for opportunities is important for helping to ameliorate the many problems facing countries. We must therefore produce, consume and organise ourselves differently.
Participants are therefore invited to address the following key issues in their contribution:
Reflect the SDGs in your own research activities towards any recovery plan after the coronavirus pandemic.
Disaster prevention and management as well as recovery strategies.
Social impact and community resilience and engagement.
Disaster prevention and management as well as recovery strategies.
The role and power of science, technology and innovation particularly enabling technologies relating to telecommunication and the internet.
Education and learning under isolation and how do you see the role of higher education and research institutions (science, innovation and entrepreneurship) in service of the 2030 Agenda?
Revisiting our current healthcare policies and strategies: infectious disease prevention and control.
Issues to do with strengthening capacity in health systems including field laboratories during the coronavirus epidemic outbreak.
Rapid vaccine development and vaccination policies across the world.
Logistics and supply chain management.
Impact on the hospitality, leisure and tourism.
Diaspora as Agents of Development: The collaboration between the Diaspora and those working within their country of origin offers several opportunities and contributes to increase productivity towards sustainable and inclusive knowledge-based growth. Building constructive relationships between the Diasporas and their country of origin require that Diasporas be treated not as a mere resource, but as partners and investors with mutual benefits. It has long been argued that Diasporas will be most interested in contributing to SD efforts when they have a sense of belonging in relation to their country of origin. Therefore it is very important to establish trust between Diasporas and governments in the country of origin. In doing so, governments need to invest in identifying their Diasporas abroad and in understanding their skills and interests. Many sustainability problems can only be tackled by connecting the diaspora with those working within the country of origin, for example combating the results of climate change, diseases such as malaria, reservation of natural resources, fighting land degradation or limiting the loss of biodiversity and many other problems. Moreover, knowledge or evidence-based policymaking is indispensable if gaps in living standards are to be narrowed. Therefore, building capacity in country of origin is necessary for competing in the global arena and there it is critical to turn the diaspora into a positive tool for SD as well as serving as role models for the youth in the country of origin.
Youth Engagement: WASD/SK is very keen to encourage the engagement of children and youth from across the world in the conference. We are keen to make the voice of all our children and youth heard and consequently enabling the decision makers to consider those views and ideas in their big decisions. The entire concept of SD is about the future and the future is all about the children and youth! Youth population is growing rapidly in all regions of the world and we are very keen to understand the children and youth perspectives and expectations for their future to help them be ready to grasp the various opportunities generated in the digital economy. We strongly believe our children and youth should be the cornerstone of any strategy by all governments and policy makers. We must listen to our children and youth and more importantly how we can help our youth with their future employment plans and aspirations. Youth from all-over the world are encouraged to participate in the conference and present their research, perspectives and initiatives.
Women Empowerment: Women from across the world have an untapped potential as a primary mover of greater development within their country of origin. Their role is very crucial for increased development, but challenges remain. And so, significant reforms in economic, social, and political institutions must be made to create an enabling environment for women participation and empowerment. However, it appears that investments in human development are not readily translated to better economic and political outcomes for women. Unfortunately, women’s potential and crucial role in the development in their country of origin is still impeded by these economic and social factors. Women’s participation is also very important in advancing peace, unity and combating terrorism, which is a most serious threat to SD in their country of origin. It has also been recognized that women have been largely excluded from the processes of conflict management and prevention and that their role is important in the achievement of lasting peace and security (UN, 2015). With this, there is a need to increase women’s participation in peace processes since out of 31 global peace processes from 1992 to 2011, only 4% of key stakeholder representatives were women (UN WOMEN, 2011 cited in OXFAM, 2016). Women in peacekeeping missions are also crucial given their broad set of skills that helps in improving trust in communities as a whole (OXFAM, 2016). In general, women’s participation helps in accelerating resolution and countering terrorism while ensuring that women’s rights are protected.