Public policy significantly influences the achievement of Sustainable development considering the interconnectedness between policies, decision-making process and governance. Following Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), a global vision of development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been adopted across nations. SDGs provide a platform and direct national policies. However, the implementation of SDGs has to accommodate diversity among countries and development sectors. Deeper knowledge of interlinked between research, policy and development is urgently required to balance conflicting interests, set priorities, and steer the transformation process towards Sustainable Development.
Key arenas of public policy, such as environment, public administration reform, tourism, education, gender, economy, health, and local wisdom, and science and technological innovations urge us to think beyond and across sectors of development and field of knowledge in order to discover synergies and innovations in pursuing the achievement of SDGs. In line with the increasing role and relevance of social computing in generating public value, this conference explored the impacts of social computing on specific public services and their governance.
The interlinked between key arenas of public policy, such as public administration reform, tourism, education, environment, gender, economy, health, and local wisdom, and science and technological innovations urges us to think beyond and across sectors of development and field of knowledge in order to discover synergies and innovations in pursuing the achievement of SDGs. In line with this global initiative, ICOPOSDEV provided a forum that stimulates exchange of ideas in the research community and dialogue between research, policy, and practice in striving towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
ICOPOSDEV conference was conducted on October 20, 2017 in Medan. The Department of Public Policy, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Sumatera Utara collaborated with Indonesian Association for Public Administration (IAPA) in organizing this conference. The theme for the 2017 conference is: ‘Public Policy for Inclusive and Sustainable Development’.
After passing through a careful round of reviews with the Program Committee, in which each paper is reviewed by two reviewers, out of 119 submitted papers 63 papers were finally accepted.
On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to thank Universitas Sumatera Utara and the Organizing Committee members and reviewers. Putting this conference together would not be possible without the members of the organizing committee as well as the helpful volunteer assistance from our students. I also highly appreciate all speakers for their full support and enthusiasm in sharing their time and expertise which significantly contributes to the success of this conference. Once again, thanks for coming to this conference, we are delegate to higher and better international conference.