ICSU SDGs side event at HLPF 2017

As the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) gathers in New York from 10 - 19 July, the Council will be hosting a side event to present our new report “A Guide to SDG Interactions: From Science to Implementation,” which looks at which clusters of goals and targets work together- and which do not.

We all want the SDGs to be realized, but how can countries transform this complicated set of individual goals into a coherent roadmap they can implement in the next 13 years? How can they calibrate and sequence their efforts and investments to make the most progress?

ICSU has led a consortium of scientific research organizations to look at SDG interactions in a new way. Teams applied a seven-point scale to quantify synergies and conflicts. The scale ranges from + 3, which applies when one goal or target is very reinforcing of others, to -3, which applies when goals and targets conflict with each other. A score of 0 indicates neutral interaction. For the report, the teams examined four goals and their underlying 36 targets to test this scoring framework: food security and sustainable agriculture (SDG2), health and wellbeing (SDG 3), accessible energy (SDG 7), and conservation of the oceans (SDG14).

During the side event we will present the findings of the report. We hope that this kind of information will help countries determine the best sequencing and most effective pathways to implementation of the SDGs.

Moderator: Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, International Council for Science
Speakers include:

·         Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director of IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division

·         David McCollum, Research Scholar Energy Program, IIASA

·         Felipe Castro Pachón, Director de Seguimiento y Evaluación de Políticas Públicas, Colombia

The event will be held in Conference Room A of the UN Conference Building.

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