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Global Development Conference 2023: Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

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The GDN Global Development Conference hosts high-level, inclusive, evidence-based debates on current development challenges and priorities, with a majority of participation from low and middle income countries (LMICs). It provides promising researchers from these countries an opportunity to disseminate their work, share their ideas, interact with world-renowned academics and policymakers and network globally, thus contributing to strengthening their capacity and professional visibility. On the other hand, it offers new, Southern perspectives on sustainable development issues mostly debated in developed countries and reinforces cooperation and development effectiveness. The conference is held in a different region and on a different theme each year.



The theme of the 2023 Global Development Conference is ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’. Mainstreaming biodiversity is no longer a luxury but an urgency: integrating actions or policies related to biodiversity into broader development processes or policies such as those aimed at poverty reduction, or tackling climate change.

The conference proposes to address the following thematic blocks:

  1. Financing Nature and Biodiversity
  2. Valuation and preservation – methodological approaches and links
  3. Mainstreaming biodiversity and scaling up mainstreaming
  4. Biodiversity governance – local and international
  5. Technology and Innovation
  6. Interdisciplinary research & capacity building

A Scientific Committee has been formed with leading figures in the field to help identify plenary speakers, validate conference themes and promote the event in their communities. They will also participate in the final stage of the selection of the shortlisted papers and session proposals received through the open calls. Some of the Scientific Committee members may of course also be speakers themselves at the conference. An Organizing Committee has also been constituted with representatives of the conference co- hosts who will play a key role in spearheading the event.



The conference will target roughly 800 participants total (in person and online), drawn from a diverse group of researchers, evaluators, policymakers, representatives of international organizations, civil society, development practitioners and the private sector. In keeping with the trademark of the Global Development Conference, the majority of the participants will be from developing countries.



A Call for Proposals will be issued for research papers and panels. 

The Call for Papers is issued in two stages: abstracts and then full papers. All submissions will be first screened and shortlisted by members of the conference Organizing Committee (with representatives of the conference co-hosts) and the final selection will be made by the Scientific Committee. Some of the paper authors will be asked to submit research posters instead of full papers.

The Call for Sessions invites relevant international research institutions, organizations and networks to contribute papers, speakers, sessions, dedicated exhibits and/or side events.

Concept Note  |  Scientific Committee