"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987



15th SDEWES conference was held online 1-5 September 2020 and it has brought together around 300 scientists, researchers, and experts in the field of sustainable development from 55 countries. We have listened to over 300 presentations on our virtual conference platform, there were seven special session and we’ve had the pleasure of listening to four Invited lectures and a Panel on Climate Neutrality in Cities.


All the presentations and videos of the most important events are uploaded on the conference media website, but also on our SDEWES Talks Please feel free to share it with your colleagues and for more information and updates, look for #sdewes and follow us on social media:

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See you at the 16th SDEWES Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia in 2021


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