On 15 November 2015, UNU-IAS, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the POST2015 Project will co-organise the symposium Science and the Sustainable Development Goals. The symposium will focus on opportunities and challenges related to including inputs from scientists in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and fostering interaction between policy processes and science. The event will feature keynote speeches by H.E. Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi (Co-Chair of the Open Working Group on the SDGs) and Mark Stafford Smith (Chair of the Future Earth Science Committee and Science Director of the Climate Adaptation Flagship at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).
This event will focus on the following specific topics:
14:00–14:15 Opening Remarks
14:15–15:15 Keynote Speech
15:30–16:45 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS)
Simultaneous English–Japanese interpretation will be provided for this symposium.
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The post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs will rely significantly on scientists and scientific communities in order to be effective. These scientific actors will be challenged to create systemic understandings with policy relevance at local, national, and international levels.
The SDGs will rely upon good scientific input in a number of different ways. Scientists were crucial in providing important inputs at the Rio+20 conference in 2012 and into the process at the Open Working Group meetings, which formed the content of the SDGs. However, the role of scientists and scientific communities does not end with these inputs. It will be necessary for these actors to help shape the SDGs at all levels, to integrate sustainability concerns into other decisions. Implementation, monitoring and reassessment of the SDGs will require continual engagement with science and scientific communities.
In addition, the SDGs offer a unique opportunity for local and international science communities to reorganise their questions and research to assist in efforts towards sustainable policies. The systemic focus of the SDGs can allow productive, transdisciplinary and cross-national engagement by scientists and scientific communities. Efforts that take advantage of these opportunities have already begun in the Future Earth programme and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
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