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Monash students to attend ICSD 2018 in New York

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Six Monash students are preparing to pack their bags for New York to attend the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) 2018, later this month.

ISCD is the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN) premier annual global gathering and a significant global conference on sustainable development.

Earlier this year, the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), with the support of Monash Abroad, offered four travel scholarships for Monash students to attend ICSD 2018, which runs from September 26 to 28, at Columbia University in New York City.

As the host of SDSN Australia New Zealand Pacific, and a leader on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, MSDI is excited to have six Monash students attending this year’s event.

The attendees, including four scholarship winners and two self-funded participants are: Ka Jhun Lam (Master of Environment & Sustainability); Claire Brace (Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Human Geography); Yee Ling See (Bachelor of Actuarial Science); Lachlan Smale (Master of Business); Tanvi Oza (Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours); and Tiana Mahncke (Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Global Studies).

The scholarship winners were chosen based on abstract submissions of between 300 and 500 words, which addressed an issue, chosen from a list of 15 topics, ranging from ‘Economics and Demography of Natural Disasters’ to ‘Clean and Affordable Energy as a Keystone for Sustainable Development.’

With an overall theme of Breaking Down Silos: Fostering Collaborative Action on the SDGs, the aim of the conference is to bring together leaders from academia, government, civil society, UN agencies, and the private sector to share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels.

During the conference, the Monash student delegation will not only hear from world leaders, eminent sustainable development experts, academics, and fellow students, they will also have the opportunity to present their research as poster presentations.

Key speakers include: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a particular focus on the Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information visit ICSD2018