30 June 2014 - 09 July 2014

UN Headquarters,
New York

UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

IIASA Deputy Director General/Deputy CEO Nebojsa Nakicenovic will participate in the UN High-Level Panel Forum on Sustainable Development to discuss the science-policy links and the potential role that science can play in identifying suitable policies and strategies to support and attain sustainable development.

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The second meeting of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place from 30 June - 9 July 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The theme of the Forum is “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals”.

The establishment of the HLPF was called for by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in the outcome document of the Rio+20 conference in June 2012. The HLPF will replace the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), at it is expected to “provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations for sustainable development, follow up and review progress in the implementation of sustainable development commitments, enhance the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development in a holistic and cross-sectoral manner at all levels and have a focused, dynamic and action-oriented agenda, ensuring the appropriate consideration of new and emerging sustainable development challenges”.

Dr. Nakicenovic will participate in the discussions during the HLPF plenaries and will also speak as a panelist during the HLPF and at associated side-events.

Get involved!

As part of the outreach for the second meeting of the UN high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF), the organizers are asking everyone with an interest in sustainable development to send questions and messages for the decision makers at the HLPF. A selection of questions and messages will be conveyed to participants at the HLPF. 

Share your questions and answers by tweeting using #HLPF or by posting on Facebook using #HLPF.

  • What question do you have for decision-makers at the HLPF?
  • What message, quote or image would you like to share with decision-makers at the HLPF?
  • What issues do you think the HLPF should focus on in future?
  • How do you promote sustainable consumption and production in your daily life? Share your favourite examples of sustainable consumption by tweeting or posting a message or image using #HLPF !

IIASA Participation

Monday, 30 June: 13:15-14:30

Side Event: “Strengthening the science-policy links for reviewing progress on sustainable development"

The event, organized by the International Council for Science (ICSU), in cooperation with UN-DESA and UNEP, will discuss the role of science in monitoring progress on the implementation of sustainable development, and in particular the SDGs, and on the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development. A science-based review process of the SDGs also presents major opportunities for science to strengthen its contribution to policy-making.

 Tuesday, 1 July - 8:30 - 9:45

Morning meeting of H.E. Martin Sajdik, the President of ECOSOC, with the scientific community

The pace and magnitude of human-induced global change poses threats to human societies and human well-being. There is an urgent need for the international scientifi c community to develop the knowledge that can inform and shape e ective responses to these threats in ways that foster global justice and facilitate progress toward sustainable development goals. The event will discuss and illustrate the potentials of stronger coll aborations and partnerships between scientists, policy-makers and Major Groups and other stakeholders to develop and implement innovative solutions for sustainable development.

Tuesday, 1 July - 11:15 - 13:00

Moderated Dialogue: "Ideas and trends that can shape the lives of present and future generations"

The moderated dialogue will pose the following questions to its panelists and discussants:

  • What critical new trends and ideas will affect future generations? How should they be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda?
  • What are the new trends and emerging challenges on sustainable development that the forum should address?

Further details and the full program can be found here.

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Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Emeritus Research Scholar

Transitions To New Technologies

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Luis Gomez Echeverri

Emeritus Research Scholar

Directorate - DDG For Science

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