Evidence. Engagement. Policies.
Research for Sustainable Development
We thank all participants for attending ICRD 2017. Your presence was crucial to the lively discussions that took place and to the overall success of the conference. We greatly appreciate your commitment and that you made the trip to Bern. We hope that everyone had a fruitful experience.
Convening in Bern, Switzerland, 5–8 September 2017, the 4th International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) presented visionary contributions that will enhance transformations towards sustainable development in countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The contributions facilitated knowledge stewardship consistent with the UN Agenda 2030. The success of this agenda will largely depend on managing key trade-offs and synergies among sustainable development goals and related targets. Better knowledge of these interdependencies is required to balance conflicting interests, set priorities, and steer the transformation process towards sustainable development. Researchers, policymakers, and societal partners shared sound and timely knowledge from their fields of expertise, and engaged in discussing synergies and trade-offs with other SDGs linked to their topics.
The fourth day of ICRD 2017 began with two stimulating keynote speeches, one on global health, and the other on movement of human populations.Read more
Moderated by Thomas Breu, Director of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, the second day of the ICRD started with two inspiring keynotes on how to finance sustainable development. Michael Gerber,…Read more
Highlights from day one included keynote speeches by Esther Mwangi and Esther Turnhout. The debate emphasized the importance of bringing research and policymaking together to aid transformations towards sustainability.Read more
Moderated by Dr. Carin Smaller of the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva, the third day of ICRD 2017 began with two keynote speeches by Erle Ellis and Jun Borras. Ms. Smaller asked our…Read more
Videos of ICRD 2017 keynote discussions are available for viewing. Speakers offered stimulating contributions in four keynote debates on science-policy partnerships for transformation, financing sustainable development to end poverty, governance of contested natural resources, and health, migration…Read more
SDC, Helvetas/Swiss Intercooperation, HEKS/EPER, CARITAS, and swisspeace presented their jointly developed “Swiss Online Course on Conflict Sensitivity” in a side event of the ICRD: Wednesday, 6 September, 18.00, Room A 024 UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012…Read more
With the aim of strengthening collaboration between Swiss scientific institutions and CGIAR (Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres), SDC has invited 16 directors of CGIAR research programmes to attend the conference. Four side events will…Read more
We are pleased to announce our partnership with KFPE, the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries. KFPE is the information hub for «North-South» research in Switzerland. It promotes efficient, effective and equitable research cooperation…Read more
ICRD 2017 will be climate-neutral, based on a communications partnership with myclimate. Compensation funds for an estimated 550 tonnes of CO2 will benefit three high-quality myclimate climate protection projects: “Wood-Based Biomass Instead of Gas Boiler”…Read more