The Sustainable Development Forum (SDF) was initiated in 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia. It aims to discuss and promote 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in the wider audience with a series of conferences on different focus areas. The first conference was held in Belgrade in February 2016 on the Role of Education and Culture in Sustainable Development Agenda. Following its success, the second conference will be held in Cambridge in February 2017, focusing on the impacts of Artificial Intelligence and digital technologies on sustainability.

As sustainable development connects issues in economics, politics, environment, social and urban development, SDF brings together experts from multiple fields to lead a dialogue on sustainable solutions. Our conferences are the opportunity for students, academics and professionals representing private and public sectors to exchange ideas, formulate and develop new policies and business strategies.

In order to achieve all 17 SDGs in time, more global, diverse involvement and contribution are essential; from national governments’ policies to the private sector development and the participation of civil society. The SDF contributes to this effort by encouraging and widening the participation, and developing strategies for the Goals’ implementation, using the conferences as a platform.

Today the pace of innovation is as high and rapid as it has never been before. Current digital technologies stimulate development and create connections between concepts that have never been associated with each other. One of such relationships is between the concepts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Sustainable Development. Recognizing the importance and actuality of this relationship, on the 25th of February 2017, Sustainable Development Forum will hold the conference “Artificial Intelligence: Disrupting Sustainability" at the University of Cambridge.

Drawing on perspectives from leaders in academia, business, policy and public sector, the conference aims to become a platform for analysing and responding to the key questions arising around AI and its impact on Sustainable Development for generations to come. Topics to be covered include:

  • Transforming Conventional Industries with AI
  • Ethical aspects of AI
  • Job Markets Transformation in the Smart Economy
  • Effects of AI and Machine Learning on Education

Specifically, the conference will tackle questions on the potential of AI to shape the process of the United Nations 2030 Agenda’s implementation, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, the issues to be addressed include the responsible consumption and production of consumer goods, and raising quality of education and economic growth by recognising the significant role of innovation and digital infrastructure. The conference will also recognise the importance of the private and public partnerships for the goals’ implementation in technology sectors, which help to foster peace and justice - the key concepts of sustainability.

AI has become the key focus area of the so called New Industrial Revolution, providing a range of opportunities, and at the same time - many risks. Our goal is to give an insight into the topic, exchange experts’ opinions to formulate solutions and strategies for the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and challenges ahead.

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PAST EVENT: “Role of Education and Culture in Sustainable Development"

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We are delighted to confirm that this year's Conference will be held at the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1AG, UK


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