Rio+20 came and went. Few agreements were reached and few people noticed. The international political system has now geared up towards a “Post 2015 development agenda” and wants to establish a new set of sustainable development goals. This new development agenda is being shaped in a rapidly changing world where emerging economies are quickly taking center stage. Yet a path for more collaboration through trade as well as aligning concerns is still proven difficult. The lack of shared vision, institutional fragmentation and political battlegrounds need to be overturned. What will it take for this new agenda to be more influential in the real world than past attempts?
Through panel debates and a selection of original SEI research presentations into themes such as the multilateral climate policy framework, the water-energy-food nexus, and sustainable development goals, the SEI Science Forum 2013 took a closer look at what the new sustainable development agenda can look like, how the international policy community can act on it, and how research and knowledge production can support it.
The open day of the SEI Science Forum 2013 was organized around two main blocks. The first addressed the policy and institutional landscape – from the global to the local, to establish and implement the new sustainable development agenda. The second addressed the role of knowledge. What role is there for science and research organizations in supporting and informing these processes?
In addition to presentations and panel discussions by SEI researchers, the open day also featured:
- Nobel Laureate Prof. Mario Molina, Chair of SEI Science Advisory Council;
- Lena Ek, Minister of Environment, Sweden;
- Prof. Susan Owens, SEI Science Advisory Council member; and
- Prof. Roger Kasperson, SEI Science Advisory Council member and former Executive Director of SEI 2000 to 2004.