ICRD highlights

ICRD highlights from day one.

Closing the gap between science and policy

5 September 2017, Author: Anu Lannen, CDE

ICRD 2017 kicked off on a warm September day with a full house in the main auditorium of UniS at the University of Bern, Switzerland. CDE Director Thomas Breu welcomed the 350 participating experts and sectoral representatives from all over the world, including 140 guests from the global South, where, he noted, the future of the UN 2030 Agenda and “sustainable development … will to a large extent be decided”. He invoked the image of the three iconic mountain peaks visible from Bern – Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau – as standing for the three main themes of the conference: “Evidence. Engagement. Policy.” Read more


ICRD highlights from day two.

Financing sustainable development to end poverty

6 September 2017, Author: Brigitte Portner, CDE

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. Read more



ICRD highlights from day three.

Governance of Contested Natural Resources

7 September 2017, Author: Ariane de Bremond, CDE

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 speakers: “How we can bridge the gap between the reality we are currently in and the vision of Agenda 2030?” Read more


ICRD highlights from day four.

Human health, migration, and the goal of equitability

8 September 2017, Author: Anu Lannen, CDE

Moderated by Urs Wiesmann, professor emeritus of the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern, 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