An objective and scientific understanding of the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainable development, their inter-linkages, and new and emerging issues is crucial to all aspects of Agenda 2030. Such an understanding should inform policies and assessments; at the same time, gaps and shortfalls in achievement can motivate science to find solutions.
This session responds to the calls for strengthening the science-policy interface, as well as for the identification of new and emerging issues. Accordingly, it will enable discussions around science advice can better be integrated into the policy-making process at all levels. It will also cover what action is called for to align research with the SDGs.
There will also be an opportunity for the co-chairs of the independent group of scientists drafting the Global Sustainable Development Report to provide inputs to the Forum, as envisioned in E/HLS/2016/1.
Proposed Guiding Questions
- How can the scientific community and policymakers work together to facilitate science advice for the implementation of the SDGs?
- What action is needed for the scientific community to identify and address critical knowledge and research gaps relating to the SDGs?
- Mr. Bill Colglazier, Editor-in-Chief, Science & Diplomacy, and Senior Scholar, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Academy for the Advancement of Science. Former science Adviser to the US Secretary of State
- Mr. Peter Messerli, Director, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern
- Ms. Endah Murniningtyas, Former Deputy Minister for National Resources and Environment at the Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency of Indonesia
- Mr. Wang Ruijun, Director-General, National Center for Science and Technology Evaluation. Ministry of Science and Technology, China; and Chair of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development
- Ms. Tolu Oni, Associate-Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Mr. Stuart Taberner, Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research, Research Councils UK