Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals

Water, Food and Climate Conference

  • 25 Jun 2018 - 26 Jun 2018
  • 09:00
  • University of Amsterdam Roestereiland Campus
  • Event website
Western Europe
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) hosts and brings together partners at UvA, in collaboration with IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, VU Science for Sustainability Programme, the Amsterdam Business School, and Kennisactieprogramma Water.

In light of the beginning of the UN’s International Decade for Action on ‘Water for Sustainable Development’, this year’s conference will focus on fresh water (SDG 6) in connection to food (SDG 2) and climate change (SDG13).

Rector of IHE Delft, Professor Eddy Moors, will participate in the opening plenary, to be held on 25th June from 9:30am to 11:30am. It is entitled: “The rectors speak out on the SDGs and Science” and consists of two parts. In the first part the Rectors discuss what the SDGs imply for the universities, while in the second part there is a presentation of the purpose of the conference.

The four participating Rectors are:

  • Prof. Karen Maex, Rector Magnificus, University of Amsterdam
  • Prof. Arthur Mol, Rector Magnificus, Wageningen University
  • Prof. Vinod Subramaniam, Rector Magnificus, Vrije Universiteit
  • Prof. Eddy Moors, Rector, IHE Institute for Water Education

Additionally, IHE Delft's researchers and lecturers Klaas Schwartz, Phil Torio, Zaki Schubber, Tatiana Acevedo Guerrro, Hameed Jamali and Gabriela Cuadrado Quesada will give their expert view in the panel sessions. Professor Margreet Zwarteveen will organize a session on delta's.

Conference Goals

The aim of the 2018 conference is to mobilize scholars, policy makers, business and civil society to share their perspectives on and critically review these three goals and their related targets as well as their potential for mobilizing the world to more equitable and environmentally sustainable futures. We will discuss the underlying discourses that shape the interpretation of these goals as well as the institutional contexts in which they need to be implemented.

The SDGs are discussed individually and in relation to each other. We will critically assess the goals and related targets and indicators, as well as go beyond them to understand whether such tools are the best way to achieve more equitable and environmentally sustainable futures. We will also assess the various instruments that are promoted for their achievement. 


The conference invites all who are interested. Please register here. For more information on the programme and logistics, visit the website


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