9th World Sustainability Forum

Online meeting
Meeting Category

The 9th World Sustainability Forum will be held online from 13-15 September 2021.


September 2021 marks the sesquianniversary of much of the world entering into various forms of lockdown or pandemic management as well as the 6th anniversary of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The pandemic has challenged our expectations for the future and has prompted a re-evaluation of the relationships between society, politics and the commercial world. In the 9th World Sustainability Forum, we will consider all aspects of these new and evolving relationships and their impact on sustainability. Although all topics are welcome, we will have major sessions on the topics of Business & Finance, Climate, Health & Medicine, Water, and Education.

The health crisis and its consequences will not guarantee a more sustainable future but it certainly provides a narrow window of opportunity to rethink outdated economic, social, and environmental arrangements. It is encouraging to note the widespread calls for a sustainable “new normal”.

We hope that this forum will contribute to the global debate as the world contemplates returning to a new normal and will contribute to establishing platforms and networks among stakeholders including lawmakers, commerce, the general public and academic disciplines. The aim is to bring structure to the vision of a sustainable world which deals fairly and transparently with the multifold issues of sovereignty, governance and society that have arisen in the pandemic.

Following the initiative in WSF 2020 of making an event on sustainability more sustainable, the 9th World Sustainability Forum will be an online global event.

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation and the Sustainability journal respectively, will be conferred during the conference. Both the World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are endowed with a sum of USD 100,000 and USD 20,000 respectively.


BF. Business and Finance
C. Climate
HM. Health and Medicine
W. Water
ED. Education
EN. Energy
FAS. Food, Agriculture and Soil Sciences
TM. Transport and Mobility
O. Other

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