STI 2018 Side-Event: Addressing Solutions to the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Conference Room 2 Wednesday 6th of June 615pm

STI FORUM 2018 – Third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, 5 – 6 June 2018

Organized by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and the International Council for Science

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Improving the Science-Policy-Society Interface at UNEA and HLPF

The Earth System Governance Project and Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future are very pleased to announce that they have joined forces in a global partnership to jointly work towards better governance for global sustainability. The aim of the new partnership is to strengthen understanding of transformative governance for sustainability through integrating scientific research and multi-stakeholder advocacy.

At an official side-event in the Major Groups Tent at the 3rd United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) on 4 December 2017, Jan-Gustav Strandenaes (Senior Associate on Governance, Stakeholder Forum), and Ruben Zondervan (Executive Director, Earth System Governance Project), presented the partnership and sought input to the workplan from civil society and other stakeholder representatives, as well as member state delegates attending the event. They also addressed the procedural and institutional challenges of science-policy interface and of multi-stakeholder facilitation and engagement in UNEA and the High Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (HLPF), stressing the need to better connect the two processes and strengthen procedural knowledge.

The Partnership will strengthen the evidence base of the multi-stakeholder processes facilitated by Stakeholder Forum, and the impact of the novel policy solutions that are developed by researchers from the Earth System Governance Project. The partnership will systematically connect scientists and stakeholders who work on sustainable development policy analysis, and allow for increased and more effective engagement of both communities with international negotiations and national policy implementation.


Delivering the UN SDGs in the UK London event 26 Jan 2015

Delivering the UN SDGs in the UK

What do the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mean for the UK?

Monday, 26 January 2015, 10:00 –12:00 AND/OR 13:00 – 15:30

Registration and refreshments from 09:30
10:00 – 12:00 : Part 1 - Introductory session, setting the scene
12:00 – 13:00 Networking lunch
13:00 – 15:30 : Part 2 - In-depth discussion, planning the way forward

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
80-86 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1X 8NH

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The SDGs, which will be agreed by all heads of government including the UK Prime Minister, will replace the Millennium Development Goals from 1 January 2016. The SDGs will constitute a shared global agenda for people and planet which impact on all areas of government policy – economic, environment and social. They are designed to drive poverty eradication, especially extreme poverty in low-income countries, but also address patterns of consumption and production in the developed world and at the same time ensure environmental sustainability.

As such, they will be an important advocacy tool for advancing progressive policies around the world with the potential to boost UK lobbying and campaigns over the next 15 years.
We are therefore inviting UK NGOs and other UK stakeholders to come together to begin a dialogue seeking to understand the implications of a universal post-2015 development agenda for the UK at home and abroad.

The day will be in two parts and you are welcome to attend either or both:

10:00 – 12:00 : Introductory session, setting the scene
- What are the SDGs, why should we care about them?
- What is in it for domestic NGOs?
- What is our definition of universality?

13:00 – 15:30 : In-depth discussion, planning the way forward
- What are the policy implications (for both foreign and domestic policy) for the UK given the universality principle?
- How to go about national target setting.
- What indicators/data could/should UK use?
- What should implementation look like in the UK?
- Next steps

This session is the first in a series which will:

  • Raise awareness of the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs, particularly amongst stakeholders with a more domestic focus.
  • Improve the understanding of the principle of universality and its implications for the UK.
  • Begin a dialogue on what process and mechanisms the UK and its stakeholders must develop in order to prepare for the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs.
  • Identify potential new partnerships for action amongst the UK stakeholder community.

We hope that you are available to join us to share thoughts on the challenges involved in implementing such a universal agenda as part of the SDGs. The meeting will take place on Monday, January 26 at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), 80-86 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8NH (map).  

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