Linking Science and Policy for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•10•24    14:00 - 17:00

    On 24 October 2015, UNU-IAS will hold the public symposium Linking Science and Policy for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will bring together leading international scholars to discuss different approaches to linking science and policy, drawing on a range of previous experiences including those from within the UN system.

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, recently adopted by UN member states, will guide global sustainable development efforts over the next 15 years. The greatest challenge will be the successful translation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into meaningful national policies and actions. Robust links between science and policy at the global, regional and (sub-)national levels will be crucial to achieving the SDGs. Such links are important not only for the monitoring of SDG progress, but also for regular assessment and as early warning systems to identify new challenges.

    The speakers will pay particular attention to the gaps in development of such science–policy links, as well as the need for scientific capacity building at all levels of implementation. The symposium will discuss how existing platforms, such as Future Earth and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) could engage with policymakers, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to help make sustainable development a reality.


    14:00–14:05 Opening

    Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS)

    14:05–14:45 Keynote Lecture

    Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU)

    14:45–15:00 Launch of the Grant for Global Sustainability (GGS) Initiative

    15:00–15:20 Break

    15:20–16:50 Panel Discussion (Moderator: Kazuhiko Takemoto)


    • Carl Folke (Founder and Science Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University; Director, Beijer Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science)
    • Maria Ivanova (Associate Professor of Global Governance and Co-Director, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston)
    • Norichika Kanie (Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS; Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)

    16:50–17:00 Closing

    Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU)


    This event will be in English and Japanese, with simultaneous interpretation provided. Advanced registration is required (by 17:00 on Friday, 23 October 2015).  Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page. Kindly note that registration will close once the maximum number of registrants is reached.


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