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Science-policy interface and emerging issues
Friday, 14 July 2017
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

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?