Conference 2017

Australia Myanmar Institute 2017 Conference




 Myanmar’s Sustainable Development Goals

27 – 30 November
Yangon University, Myanmar


AMI-MISIS-YU 2017 Conference – Final Programme



Since 2013, the Australia Myanmar Institute (AMI) has worked to facilitate Australian and international education institutions, government and non-governmental organisations, and businesses working with Myanmar counterparts in strengthening research, public policy and its implementation in Myanmar.

Building on the success of AMI’s 2015 conference on Myanmar and the Millennium Development Goals, the 2017 conference, also co-organised with the Myanmar Institute for Strategic and International Studies (MISIS), brought together participants from government, academia, civil society and the public policy sphere to discuss Myanmar’s progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  520 participants registered for the conference, making it the biggest conference ever held at Yangon University.

The Conference extended the initial discussion on Myanmar’s SDG priorities in 2015, taking account of the election of the new Hluttaws in 2015 and the installation of the new government led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

The 2017 Conference provided an opportunity to:

• Review Myanmar’s priorities and progress towards addressing the SDGs
• Illustrate some of the mechanisms through which the Sustainable Development Goals can be met
• Point to effective pathways for international collaboration with Myanmar’s Government and civil society
• Enable participants to engage with the contemporary evidence base through papers and in panels in a free and frank manner in the tradition of world university independence and freedom
• Lead to the publication of a diverse series of academic and policy papers by both Myanmar and international participants


AMI intends for the 2017 Conference to impact both public policy and the academic knowledge base.

AMI’s intention is that the 2017 Conference will benefit both public policy and the academic knowledge base.

Given the breadth of the 2015 Conference – including significant discussions on such topics as gender, the peace process, environmental issues, mining, education, and corporate social responsibility – we are working towards a diversity of publications from the 2017 Conference.

Academic papers will be peer-reviewed and published after the conference to provide a significant addition to the growing body of knowledge and evidence available to researchers on Myanmar. This will materially assist future research as well as add value to Myanmar’s own SDG achievement program.

Other papers, provided by non-academic participants, will be published separately but will also help business, NGOs and others establish meaningful collaboration on developmental and policy topics.

In addition to any other publication work, all papers will be published in the conference website in their original language.  Where possible abstracts will be published in both Myanmar and English languages.