The Global Development Network (GDN) is hosting its 19th global development conference on the 23-25 October 2019, to facilitate the research-policy interface in pursuit of the SDGs. The conference will also mark GDN's 20th anniversary since its launch at the World Bank Development Conference in 1999.
Four interrelated conference themes will be discussed:
- From research to sustainable development action: interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing, evidence brokering
- The global and shared challenges of sustainable development: migration, climate change, health,etc.
- Next frontier challenges: Big Data, AI, digital transformation
- Greater local ownership and sustainability: implications forresearch policies and funding
The global conference in Bonn will ask how to strengthen the capacity of the current system of development research to meet new development challenges and facilitate sustainability. It will showcase high level, truly inclusive evidence-based debates on current development challenges and priorities. It will share knowledge for development by highlighting innovative, high-quality, original and topical research on development, and providing developing and transition countries with a voice in shaping global policy debates on sustainable development.
The program will last two-and-a-half days, during which each of the themes will be discussed in 90-minute plenaries, followed by a discussion of subthemes selected through competitive calls. Other features will include special keynotes, awards, essay competitions, posters, and side events.