The 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG) 2019 was hosted by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Centre for Global Sustainability Studies (CGSS), and the South East Asia Sustainability Network (SEASN). The aims of the conference were to provide a platform for sharing information, experiences, initiatives, and best practices in overcoming sustainability challenges within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. Hence, more than 500 delegates attending the ICSDG 2019 came from a cross-sectoral range of areas and several countries and included faculty members, research staff, campus sustainability officers/directors, project officers and consultants, student leaders, members of the public interested in sustainability.
During this conference, I shared and discussed the empirical findings of my doctoral research. Some ICSDG 2019 participants gave me some new ideas and insights about sustainability issues in regional science perspectives. Unexpectedly, in the closing ceremony, I got an award for “the best oral presenter” from the parallel session that was attended by more than 60 presenters. This session consisted of a set of presentations about some strategic issues in sustainability. Each presentation was delivered in 15 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of question-and-answer session.
Participating in ICSDG 2019 was a good opportunity for me to receive some valuable inputs and feedback on my doctoral research. Also, I could expand my global network of academics and policymakers on sustainable development. Therefore, I want to acknowledge to the Graduate School of Geosciences for my travel grant in this conference.
Institute of Geography
PhD project: “Factors Influencing Sustainable Local Development in Indonesia’s Decentralization Policy: Four-Dimensional Model Performance of Development.”
Oral presentation title: "Factors Influencing Sustainable Development in Indonesia’s Decentralization Policy."