The world is facing three dimensional challenges in sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental. Over a billion people are still living in extreme poverty, and the income inequality within and among many countries has been on the rise. Simultaneously, unsustainable consumption and production patterns have resulted in huge economic and social costs and may endanger lives on the planet. Achieving sustainable development will require global actions with legitimate aspiration to maneuver the economic and social progresses, control growth and employment, and strengthen environmental protection. Sustainable development will need to be inclusive so that the cooperation can provide special care for the poorest and most vulnerable. Strategies need to be ambitious, action-oriented, collaborative, and adaptive to different levels of development. They will need to systemically transform consumption and production patterns which might entail, inter alia, significant price corrections, encourage the preservation of natural endowments, reduce inequality, and strengthen economic governance.
In 2015, over 190 world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help us all to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and fix climate change. We each have a role to play to achieve these goals which are towards a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable world. By 2030, almost 60% of the world's population will live in urban areas and most of that urban expansion will be in the developing world. Rapid urbanization puts pressure on supplies of fresh water, sewage systems, living environment and public health. Let us embrace the technological and social benefits of cities by ensuring that they are safe for everyone and sustainable for decades to come. The 2nd ICRU International Conference on World Sustainable Development (WSD 2020) is initiated as a venue for academicians and researchers to express and share their findings, together with building relationships and networks with others, purposely to achieve the ultimate mutual goals of the United Nations’ sustainable development.
The conference sessions will be organized into multiple concurrent session tracks under the Sustainable Development Themes