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Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development

Linking science and policy at Rio+20...

A major five-day Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development in the days just prior to the Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro.

The aim was to help establish the research, technology and policy agendas that will be needed after Rio+20.

The Forum brought together leading international scientists, policy-makers, industry, NGOs, journalists and youth from more than 75 countries to explore the key role of interdisciplinary science and innovation in the transition to sustainable development, a green economy and poverty eradication.

Over 1,000 people attended the event, with another 1,000 watching the live webcast and many more interacting via social media.

Two important conclusions stood out: the necessity for social and natural scientists to work closely together, and the need for integrated policy approaches.

The programme consisted of thematic sessions focused on in-depth exploration of key topics, and 25 side events providing smaller spaces for learning, exchange and networking.

Future Earth, a new 10-year interdisciplinary initiative on research for global sustainability that will bring together natural and social scientists, was also launched at the Forum.

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The Forum was organised by ICSU, in partnership with UNESCO, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

It was held at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-Rio) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Forum was one of ICSU's activities for Rio+20.

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