The 2030 Agenda cites science, technology and innovation as key means of implementing the SDGs—as sources of knowledge about the world as it is, to inform effective policy making, and as tools to transform the world into what it must be for the wellbeing of future generations. In this session, the co-chairs of the Independent Group of Scientists will present key findings and the Call to Action contained in the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). Additional panelists will share their own experiences in working to strengthen the science-policy interface at all levels. They will address both sides of the equation—as a leader of a global scientific organization and as a municipal-level policy maker. The session is expected to be highly interactive, particularly because Member States and Major Groups and Other Stakeholders have had the opportunity to review and comment on an earlier draft of the GSDR.
This session will have an interactive discussion format.
Background note is available here
Proposed guiding questions:
How can policy-makers open and amplify the lines of communication with the science community? How can they ensure that the messages received from the social and natural sciences notably are fully integrated into policies?
How can the scientific community become a more effective partner in advancing progress toward the 2030 Agenda? What changes are needed in terms of institutional structures, approaches, and communication?
How can the UN and partners increase engagement in the 2030 Agenda from science communities, funders, academia and private sector? In particular, what can the UN and other partners do to enlist science, technology and innovation as allies in the commitment to leave no one behind?
How can the HLPF build on the findings of the GSDR in its follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda?
Ms. Kira Christianne Danganan Azucena, Vice President of ECOSOC
Mr. Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, World Academy of Sciences
Ms. Endah Murniningtyas, former Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of National Development Planning of Indonesia (Co-chair of GSDR)
Mr. Peter Messerli, Director of the Center for Development and Environment at the University of Bern, Switzerland (Co-chair of GSDR)
Ms. Heide Hackmann, CEO of the International Science Council
Ms. Meera Joshi, outgoing Commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission
Mr. Stephan Contius, Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Ms. Virginia Murray, Head of the Global Disaster Risk Reduction at Public Health England and member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk scientific committee (MGoS)
Followed by interactive discussion