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Science-policy interface and emerging issues

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?

Presiding Officer:

  • TBC

Moderator:

  • 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

Panellists:

  • 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

Lead discussants:

  • 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

Interactive discussion

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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
Scientific and Technological Community (STC)
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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