On 7 May 2020, a UNU-IAS Water for Sustainable Development (WSD) project member convened a virtual panel session at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2020 held online. The session was attended by approximately 320 participants worldwide.
The online discussion on “Geosciences and UN Sustainable Development Goals: pathways for the future”, organised by WSD researcher, Dr Giulia Roder, in collaboration with researchers from academic and international organisations in Europe, aimed at highlighting the role of Geosciences in promoting the 2030 Agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).
In the session, speakers were invited to contribute to the dialogue by sharing insights, tools and demonstrations that build collective intelligence aimed at guiding societies towards the shared metrics of international agendas. Discussions ranged from the emerging role of citizen science and geospatial big data (i.e. satellite imagery, mobile phone data, and social media) as part of the current ‘data revolution’ to socio-hydrology and how this field of research is playing an informative role in policy processes to address the global water crisis and achieve the SDGs. UNU-IAS Academic Programme Officer Dr Kensuke Fukushi discussed the need for multiple stakeholder interactions to address the need for improved water quality and wastewater treatment systems to support the efforts for sustainable development in developing countries.
Please register on the EGU website to access the presentations and materials. Comments can be made on research materials until 31 May 2020.