International Conference on Sustainable Development: Perspectives, Preparedness and Actions (ICSD 2019)

28-30 June, 2019
Pokhara, Nepal

An economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future can only be envisioned and achieved through their clear vision, comprehensive preparation and concerted actions. Freeing humanity from poverty and hunger; generating inclusive, equitable and green economic growth; creating greater opportunities for all; reducing inequalities; raising basic standards of living; fostering equitable social development and inclusion; and promoting integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems are still the critical challenges to sustainable development for emerging economies. Tangible supports to economic, social and human development while facilitating environmental conservation, regeneration and restoration and resilience are the new and emerging challenges for emerging economies.

The United Nations after the partial achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) have set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which in general constitute the sustainable development in any country, particularly in developing and emerging countries. Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals requires different actions dependent on economic, social and environmental context of a country. This especially applies to countries with emerging economies.

Despite, consorted efforts of the international community, national Governments, the private sector and other development partners, sustainable development goals have still faced great challenges to achieve, because of their complex inter-linkage with economic development, social transformation and environmental protection. Now the world is committed to achieve the sustainable development as a matter of urgency. Challenges for the sustainable development are becoming even more serious and complex because, despite various efforts, our consumption and production systems are not becoming sustainable in the real sense. Neither are we fully and seriously prepared for sustainable oriented modernity, risk-free production and consumption system, nor for a life or community beyond the material affluence. This situation is further aggravating the challenges of environmental sustainability i.e. ‘the harmony with nature.’ Thus SDGs are the critical points of negotiation among the social, economic and environmental subsystems of our planet.

However, achieving these SDGs is not an easy task. They require heavy public expenditure which seems far beyond the affordability of most developing and emerging countries. Many of the SDGs and the overall goals of mainstream development have strong inter-linkage. Appropriate assessment and management of such inter-linkage may reduce the need of development financing. Search for synergies among the critical SDGs may help to achieve the overall SDGs through the shortest path with the principle of least cost within the shortest time possible.

Considering the above-mentioned context, the objective of this conference is to provide an opportunity for a vibrant discussion among academics, policymakers, professionals and practitioners on developmental strategies most effective for countries with emerging economies. We hope that these discussions will lead to the guidelines articulating more pragmatic measures that could be forwarded to the Governments and other partners working for sustainable development for the emerging economies. The conference sessions will have the mainstream sustainable development themes especially those that create the biggest challenge for emerging economies.

The modality and expected outcomes of the conference:

Members of academia, policy makers, planners and professionals, policy implementing actors, evaluators, and practitioners are invited to submit theoretical papers, research papers, practical papers as well as posters. All papers will be printed before the conference, and during the sessions authors will present their paper. Plenary sessions and panel discussions will be organized to highlight the thematic areas of the conference.

The outcome of the conference will have four productions in terms of publications and reports: (i) Abstract booklet; (ii) proceedings of the conference; (iii) publication of research papers in the Journal of Development Social Engineering (published by the School of Development and Social Engineering); and (iv) report of the conference, which will incorporate the academic, professional and practical synthesis of deliberations, presentations, discussions and declare the preparedness-action oriented Pokhara Sustainable Development Dialogue.

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission:


25 May 2019
Acceptance of abstract:


30 May 2019
Deadline for submission of final paper for proceedings of Journal:


10 June 2019

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • The authors may submit abstracts on conceptual, theoretical and original research as well as on policy issues and case studies on the following themes to present in the conference.
  • Abstract must be written in English.
  • Abstract must be short (maximum 300 words, Cambria 11pt Font, Normal).
  • There should be no abbreviations only in the title or the body of the abstract.
  • Previously published and presented abstract will not be accepted.
  • Author names should be written followed by author’s affiliation and Email address of the corresponding author.
  • Abstracts is expected to incorporate five components: context, objective/purpose, method of datacollection, key findings/expected results and conclusion/likely conclusion.
  • Five keywords
  • All the accepted abstracts will be published in the “International Conference on Sustainable Development 2019: Abstract Booklet” and the full papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Selected papers after going through a review process will have the opportunity to get published in the Journal of Development and Social Engineering (JDSE) published by the School of Development and Social Engineering, Pokhara University.
  • Scientific committee reserves the right to edit abstracts, if necessary, for clarity, typographical errors correction, grammar, style and length.

The major themes of the conference

  • Conceptual and theoretical analyses of SDG/ theoretical perspective on social ecosystem and development
  • Poverty, inequality, and vulnerability
  • Human prosperity and equality
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Development partnership
  • Sustainable human settlements and communities
  • Employment and livelihood development
  • Social engineering and development
  • Alternative development models(SaemaulUndong, Sufficiency Economy, etc.)
  • Management of globalization
  • Population and development
  • Technological diffusion and development
  • Disaster, response and justice
  • Climate change and natural resource
  • Tourism and development
  • Critical evaluations and case-studies of sub-national, national, regional, and international action towards achieving SDGs

Abstract Submission



Registration fee

Nepal (NRs)
Others countries (US$)
University students
Academicians/ Professionals
Institutional representatives
Accompanying person
Participants from Pokhara University Faculties and Constituent Schools

Registration fee includes kits, dinner, lunch and refreshment provided during the conferences. Students should provide confirmation letter of being student signed by the head of the institute or department. The registration form can be downloaded from the conference website ( The registration fee should be paid through demand draft or banker’s cheque in favour of School of Development and Social Engineering (SDSE), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pokhra University. The registration fee is non-refundable.

The registration fee does NOT include accommodation and travel costs. The bookings for accommodation and travels must be arranged individually. The participants may be assisted by conference staff on booking accommodation on discounted prices in hotels located in Pokhara if required.

An electronic copy of the abstract in MS World version should be submitted at The submitted abstracts will be blind reviewed.

For International participants fee must be paid through SWIFT:

Account No. : 1150000006CA

For national participants fee must be paid through

Bank Address : Dhungepatan, Lekhnath, Pokhara
Account Holder’s Name : Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pokhara University
Account No. : 01700300211470000001

About SDSE

School of Development and Social Engineeringaims to lead the contemporary academia in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences, with a focus to sustainable development and social engineering by producing professionals, academicians, entrepreneurswith scientific knowledge, intellectual insight, technical know-how, and practical skill (KITS) for independent thought, critical analysis, self-awareness and professional and academic proficiency based on disciplinary clarity, multidisciplinary distinction and interdisciplinary comprehensiveness. The school currently offers Master of Development Studies (MDEVS), Master in Population, Gender and Development (MPGD), Bachelor of Development Studies (BDEVS) and Bachelor of English and Communication Studies (BECS).

Join ICSD 2019

  • Presentingyour conceptual, theoretical and research papers to international audiences
  • Listen about the latest interdisciplinary research related to sustainable development
  • Publishing your work in the Conference Proceedings and Journal of Development and Social Engineering published by Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pokhara University
  • Network with international colleagues

Organizing Committee