09 July 2018 - 18 July 2018
New York, USA

High-Level Political Forum 2018

TWI2050 report launch @HLPF2018



The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2018 will convene under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

The theme will be "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year:

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

IIASA researchers Prof. Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Caroline Zimm will participate in a series of events, surrounding the launch of "Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals", the first report by The World in 2050 initiative (www.twi2050.org

Please note that a UN Grounds Pass is required to attend all events at UNHQ: 

Advancing science, technology and innovation for SDGs

Date: July 10
Time: 11:00-13:00
Venue:  UNHQ, Conference Room 4
An objective of the session is to explore policies and actions for advancing the science, technology and innovation for achieving the SDGs, as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda launched a UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), which comprises a United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT), a collaborative Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum), and an online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs. The TFM now facilitates multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships through the sharing of information, experiences, best practices and policy advice among Member States, civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, UN entities and other stakeholders. The co-Chairs of the STI Forum will present the mandated Summary of the "Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs", the theme of which in 2018 was “Science, Technology and Innovation forsustainable and resilient societies – Focus on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15”. The TFM 10-Member Group of high-level representatives will further engage in the discussions.
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Slides from presentation by Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Global Agenda for SDG7 Action

Date: July 11
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue:  UNHQ, Conference Room 5
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TWI2050 Side EventTransformative Pathways towards sustainable and resilient societies in 2030 and beyond

The Global transformations necessary to achieve the SDGs urgently need a robust scientific foundation. The TWI2050, a partnership of some 20 institutions from around the world, aims to contribute to the science and to develop pathways to a more equitable and sustainable development.

Date: July 12
Time: 13:00-15:00
Venue:  UNHQ, @ S-1522/23, 15th Floor

Managing interactions between SDGs for transformation 

Date: July 12
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue:  UNHQ, Conference Room A
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TWI2050 Side Event: Transformative Pathways to Implement the 2030 Agenda @ German House 

Date: July 17
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Venue: German House, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Germany to the United Nations, UN Plaza

Registration by July 16 (

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Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Emeritus Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group

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Caroline Zimm

Research Scholar

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Equity and Justice Research Group

Population and Just Societies Program

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