Global Sustainable Development Congress

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Bangkok, 10-13 June 2024

The Times Higher Education Global Sustainable Development Congress (GSDC) will bring together 3000 global thought leaders and innovators to discuss urgent solutions to the sustainability emergency. Challenging the usual thinking on what higher education, governments, businesses and society must do to help society meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the congress is a call to action for global universities and businesses to pivot their educational, research, innovation and outreach programmes towards tangible outcomes. 

UNSW is a content partner for the GSDC, which takes place in Bangkok, Thailand from 10-13 June 2024. 

The congress will serve as a platform for discussing and advancing the SDGs on a global scale. UNSW staff who are passionate about sustainability and actively engaged or interested in SDG-related research, projects, and initiatives may wish to attend as part of the UNSW delegation. 

To explore the full agenda, visit the Times Higher Education event website.

UNSW is increasingly a trusted partner and source of expertise in the Asia Pacific and will participate as a content partner in the GSDC, sponsoring and leading two events – a roundtable and a workshop - which are being coordinated by the Institute for Global Development as a convenor of UNSW’s sustainable development expertise and regional partnerships to progress the SDGs.  

UNSW's delegation leaders include: 

  • Professor Verity Firth AM, Vice-President Societal Impact, Equity and Engagement
  • Professor Rita Henderson, Chair of UNSW Sustainable Development Goals Steering Committee and Associate Dean (Equity & Diversity), UNSW Engineering
  • Professor Bruce Watson, PVC Inclusion
  • A. Professor George Varughese, Director, UNSW Institute for Global Development
  • Professor Julien Epps, Dean, UNSW Engineering

More information on the two events is below.


UNSW staff who would like to attend the congress can access discounted in person or virtual tickets using the discount code: UNSW25. Tickets are available on a first come first served basis. If staff wish to attend the congress in person or virtually, they should contact their Faculty SDG representative to discuss budget allocation from your local area.  

Faculty SDG representative/s: 



Arts, Design & Architecture 

Josh Wiesberger, Philip Oldfield 

UNSW Business School  

Nitika Garg, Rhiannon Tout 

UNSW Canberra 

Tom Arthur  


Rita Henderson, Bo Hedwards  

Law & Justice  

Bronwen Morgan 

Medicine & Health  

Sara Grafenauer, Emily Hogden 


Katie West 

Please contact Meg Walker if you have any general questions about ticket access.

Two UNSW-hosted events

Roundtable: Water, energy, and food goals post 2030: Can carbon be the currency to a just world?

Tuesday 11 June, 12-1pm (UTC+7)


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Sustainably meeting global water, energy and food (WEF) challenges requires aligning global CO2 emission pathways with WEF goals post-2030. With this comes the opportunity for social justice. The approach must bring together traditional knowledge and capacity across water-food systems and new technology uptake to satisfy growing national energy demands. Carbon mitigation must empower communities and traditional land practices to foster water, energy, and food security while supporting biodiversity and valuable ecological services.  

Co-hosted by UNSW and the United Nations Development Coordination Office –Asia Pacific, this roundtable discusses lessons and approaches that align both WEF and carbon strategies in addressing global inequality. 

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Roundtable speakers

Workshop: The last urban migration and a post-SDG agenda for cities: What do we measure and for whom?

 Wednesday 12 June, 12-1.30pm (UTC+7) 


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The Asia-Pacific region is home to almost half the world’s population. Its growing youth demographic and burgeoning middle class exemplify the rapid socio-economic and demographic shifts that constantly reshape cities. There is urgency around enabling city systems to transition at pace to respond to complex legacies of settlement, marginalisation and neglect. This workshop will bring together practitioners, scholars and those with lived experience from across the region to draw out priorities for a post-SDG agenda for cities. It will explore key stressors through the lens of intergenerational equity, Indigenous knowledge, policy drivers and the role of measurement that matters. 

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Workshop speakers


For any general enquiries please contact Rebecca Martin and Meg Walker. 

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