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Global Conference Towards 2030

Updated: Jun 21, 2019

Addressing Inequalities and Challenges to Social Inclusion through Fiscal, Wage and Social Protection Policies


The Agenda for Sustainable Development has identified poverty eradication as its overarching goal, with the ambitious aim of completely eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. The international community and the entire United Nations system is prioritizing the implementation of this agenda in its current work programme. This calls for innovative policy approaches and cross-sectoral working methods to ensure that the social, economic and environmental aspects of development are all implemented. In this regard, the Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development (OPAD) is holding a series of global conferences, Towards 2030, to identify innovative policies that can support governments in achieving sustainable development. The first Conference in this series will be in September this year. This extremely exciting and thought-provoking international Conference is intended to be a forum, discussion and networking place for researchers, international development agencies, academics, professionals, administrators, educational leaders, policy makers, industry representatives, and the public.

Theme of the 2018 Conference

The inaugural Conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from 24th to 27th September 2018, on the theme: “Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies.” This theme was chosen to align with the theme of the United Nations Commission for Social Development (CsocD) for 2019. CsocD is the main forum at the United nations in New York where intergovernmental discussions on the social dimension of sustainable development takes place each year and the recommendations inform government policy and multi-stakeholder actions. The theme also corresponds to SDG 10, on reducing inequalities between and within countries, and particularly target 10.4, which says countries should “Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality.”

The Conference will address the following key question: How can development occur in the face of mounting global inequalities and the rapid depletion of the world’s resource base? Innovative approaches are needed to better understand recent trends in the distribution of wealth, income and opportunities in the capitalist world economy, and more fully comprehend the availability, use, and governance of resources. Original ideas are equally needed to gain insights into the transformative politics that might help to address the tensions and possible trade-offs between inequality reduction and sustainability. This conference will focus on issues of poverty and its reduction/ eradication, social inequality, policy management with an international perspective.

The Conference will also address questions regarding the role and importance of equal distribution of resources and social inclusion. The potential roles and impacts less-developed countries have on politics, business, education and the public sector. In addition, major social and economic trends and their potential for poverty reduction will be analyzed.


Goal of the 2030 Agenda calls for multi-stakeholder partnerships for implementation. This is a clear recognition that governments alone cannot bring about the transformative changes required. This conference therefore invites scholars, practitioners, government officials and policy-makers to explore new directions for analyzing these pressing challenges and identify the kinds of institutions, policies, and collective action that are necessary for achieving sustainable development and poverty eradication.

More specifically, it targets:

Government officials and policy makers: learn about the best practices; learn more about the new approaches related to poverty reduction strategies and social equality, network with other policy makers and NGOs working in the field of poverty reduction and sustainable development.

NGOs: Network with other international NGOs, possible donors and colleagues from around the world and share your achievements and strategies with others.

Company representatives: Opportunity to enhance your leadership and communication skills, learn more about the new approaches of sustainable development, meet colleagues, exchange ideas and establish new connections and partnerships

International Development Organizations: learn about the best practices; learn more about the new approaches related to poverty reduction strategies and social equality, learn more about the effective Nordic models and how same can be apply to other regions for sustainable development.

Scholars: Learn about new approaches and hear about others experience and pass on the knowledge to others

This maiden conference will provide unlimited resources and opportunities to interact with prominent leaders in the field and significantly increase your global network of scholars and professionals.

About OPAD

The Conference is organized by The Organization for Poverty Alleviation & Development (OPAD), an internationally recognized Non-governmental Organization [INGO] operating in Europe, Latin America, North American, Asia and Africa with an aim to stimulate community Oriented Poverty Alleviation initiatives that improve Sustainable Development; promote Democratic Governance, Human Rights, and Climate Change mitigation. The organization strives for inclusivity of poor people in Community Engagement Strategies, Public policy formulation and Research. The headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden.

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