"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

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

"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)

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4th SEE SDEWES conference was held online 28th June – 2nd July 2020 and it has brought together around 190 scientists, researchers, and experts in the field of sustainable development from 37 countries. We have listened to over 180 presentations on our virtual conference platform, there were four special session and we’ve had the pleasure of listening to four Invited lectures and a Panel on Energy Transition emphasizing regional issues and country readiness.

Thank you all!


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