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?