The International Sustainability Conference 2022

Theme: Building Resilient Systems for Sustainable Development

The International Sustainability Conference (ISC) is an annual dialogue-to-action forum hosted by Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre (LBSSC) that brings various stakeholders together to advance sustainable development through business. This conference is a platform to inspire business leaders to embed sustainability and responsible business practices in their strategy and operations to result in positive impact not only on business performance but on the society as well.

Friday, November 18, 2022
11:00 am – 3:00 pm (WAT)

Why Resilient Systems for Sustainable Development?

Numerous countries in and outside of Africa are afflicted by a large number of risks and pressures that have a negative impact on the population’s ability to survive and render current national structures incapable of coping, consequently endangering previously attained development gains. Some of these risks include conflict and insecurity; economic shocks, frequently brought on by an over reliance on basic necessities; extreme weather events and climate change impacts, including an increase in their frequency and severity, which frequently causes food insecurity and mass displaced people; natural hazards, particularly floods and droughts; and communicable disease outbreaks and pandemics. In this perspective, resilient development, which is defined as the capacity of individuals, communities, and states to better prepare for, manage, and recover from crises through capacity and system development, is a prerequisite for countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the objectives of the African Union Agenda 2063. In order for us to thrive in spite of these shocks which are bound to occur, we need to build systems that work for our diverse and peculiar continent.

ISC 2022 Conference proceedings will feature:

  • Keynote Address
  • Panel Discussions
  • Best Practice Case Presentations
  • Sector Specific Stakeholders Meetings

Sub Themes

Resilient Food Security

One major issue Africa continues to struggle with is food security. For Africa to move ahead, diversification of the food systems as well as the development of the human capacity required to generate the requisite food systems are required. In creating resilient food systems, there would be direct impact on the economy and livelihoods of the people. In the foreseeable future, food demand will continue to increase at a rate of greater than 3% each year through 2025. Population growth, per capita income growth, urbanism, and shifting consumer preferences toward processed meals and more nutritious and higher calorie foods are the primary demand drivers. Africa is currently a net importer of food at an annual cost of $35 billion. And as climate change continues, food security worries will continue to increase. The food system is quite far off track when it comes to attaining the objectives of development. In response to this, the primary areas of emphasis should be on investing in agriculture, expanding technology solutions, and developing creative financing structures to increase resilience.

Resilient Energy Systems

Governments and individuals across the globe are experiencing the effects of the energy crisis firsthand. The combination of rises in the price of oil, gas, and consumables, disruptions in energy supply chains, and financial market volatility as a result of the military situation underscores the need for new, inventive solutions. This is occurring as the global energy demand increases and as post-COVID-19 recovery efforts in numerous industries revive energy-intensive economic activities. Simultaneously, growing energy prices and inflation have placed substantial economic strain on governments, the commercial sector, and ordinary residents, some of whom are falling into energy poverty. Therefore, it is important to talk about how to secure energy for maximum societal, economic, and ecological progress. Sustainability, energy security, and cost-effectiveness measures being the primary areas of attention.

Global and Continental Issues

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