IIASA Director General Albert van Jaarsveld will participate at a Scientific and Technological Community Major Group side event at the High-Level Political Forum 2022 looking at Sustainable Development Goal implementation to date and how science, engineering, technology, and innovation can be leveraged to fast-track progress.

We are approaching the midpoint in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). If we are to fast-track progress towards achieving the SDGs, the next implementation period needs to be informed by an assessment of the current state of the SDGs implementation including on the structural barriers that hinder progress on the agenda.

Van Jaarsveld will be a panelist at a side event organized by the International Science Council (ISC) and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), which will focus on the prospects of achieving the 2030 Agenda and on the actions and priorities for accelerated progress through science, engineering, technology, and innovation. The ISC and WFEO are co-leaders of the Science and Technology Major Group for the 2030 Agenda.

SDG midterm review: what have we learned from implementation to date? How can we fast-track progress?

7 July 2022

  • What are the major achievements, challenges, and barriers to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
  • What lessons can be learned from implementation to date that should inform the next implementation period as well as sustainable development beyond 2030?
  • What priority actions must be initiated for science to help fast-track progress?


Peter Gluckman, ISC President and former Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand

José Vieira, WFEO President


Carlos Alvarado Quesada, 48th President of Costa Rica

Asa Persson, GSDR Independent Group of Scientists and Research Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

Albert van Jaarsveld, IIASA Director General

Alonso Brenes Coordinator of the Network for Social Studies on Disaster Risk Prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean (LA RED)

The High-Level Political Forum

The HLPF is the central United Nations platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the global level. It is the apex of the architecture for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda established by the 2030 Agenda and General Assembly resolution 70/299.

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