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UN Secretary General appoints ICSU Executive Director to special advisory group on the SDGs

ICSU Executive Director Heide Hackmann has been appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to serve on a special advisory group from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community which will support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, a key part of the post-2015 architecture for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
UN Secretary General appoints ICSU Executive Director to special advisory group on the SDGs

ICSU Executive Director Heide Hackmann.

When the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted at the UN General Assembly in September 2015, the agenda called for a multi-stakeholder Technology Facilitation Mechanism. The mechanism will comprise three elements: a UN inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, a collaborative multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs that meets once a year and an online platform.

After an extensive and open selection process, the Secretary General selected 10 individuals to be invited to serve in their personal capacity on the 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism. The group, working with the UN interagency task team, will prepare the meetings of the multi-stakeholder forum, support the development and operationalization of the online platform and provide briefings and other inputs to the high-level political forum on sustainable development.

Commenting on her appointment, Heide Hackmann said: “This group will play a key role to ensure the mainstreaming of science and technology into the implementation of the new development agenda, and I am honoured to be a part of that process. I also welcome the multi-stakeholder approach that has been the hallmark of the entire SDG process, and characterizes the balanced selection of this group. I look forward very much to working with this distinguished group of individuals in the coming two years.”

Another member of the group is Nebojsa Nakicenovic, deputy Executive Director of IIASA, former member of ICSU Committee on Scientific Planning and Review, and long-standing contributor to ICSU’s activities.

Members of the group will serve for two years, and the group will meet at least once a year. The group will have two co-chairs who will represent the group for a period of one year at a time.

The full list of members of the group, and its terms of reference, are available from the UN website.

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