The Fourth Conference on Governance and Public Policy will take place on 23 January - 11 February 2021 under the slogan "Up to 2025". The country is entering a new century. What are Iran's achievements in entering the new century (based on the Iranian calendar)? The high percent of tertiary education, literate population, significant participation of women in economic and social affairs, internal security, technological achievements including the rise of a new generation of technology-based firms and start-ups, military and defensive capabilities, and excellent internet penetration.
On the other side, there are threatening challenges, including uncontrolled inflation, unregulated banking, economic recession, economic pressures on low-income groups, unbalanced subsidy system, US-led sanctions, and disconnection from foreign financial transactions.
Iranians will enter their next century with these hopes and concerns. While some claim that Iran's society is opening its way to development, others see it as a danger of sinking to the bottom of wicked socioeconomic issues.
Fundamental decisions in governance and policy-making inevitably influence Iranian society's future direction. However, what problems are essential to the government of Iran over the next four years? What decisions are accurate and integral? What are the primary initiatives in the areas of energy, housing, poverty, pollution, inflation, and employment? How should the media and cyberspace be treated? Finally, how can we make the most of the next four years?
This year, the Fourth Conference on Governance and Public Policy tries to address these issues. It is online and open to the general public, professionals, scholars, officials, and policymakers. The goal is to address critical and realistic policy themes via over 50 panels. This may help explain a good part of the problems around us and articulate promising solutions through professional and in-depth opinions of both scholars and practitioners from various fields. The Conference is expected to take a positive, even small, step towards the progress of our beloved nation, Iran.
While policy briefs and video recordings of all panels are disseminated in Persian, the policy briefs of those panels related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will also be published in SDSN Mobilizer in English.
The proposed topics of the Fourth Conference on Governance and Public Policy with the slogan "up to 1404" is announced as follows:
The Fourth Conference on Public Governance and Policy is online and open to the general public, professionals, scholars, officials, and policy-makers. Attempts are made to address important and practical themes at various and different events, with the aid of researchers and experts from different scientific and practical fields, to capture an acceptable part of the problems around us and to convey effective solutions.