The focus of the conference will be on three of the 17 sustainable development (SD) goals: Energy, Water, Food & Agriculture. The conference will attempt to highlight the strong linkages of S & T to sustainable development. Participants will immediately note the close inter-linkages and overlaps among these and other SD goals. The last day of the conference will have a special session dedicated to the work of different NGOs contributing to preserving our ecosystems, which is the key to sustainable development.