Expert Group Meeting at UN on Science and Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UN-DESA), ICSU and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will jointly organize an Expert Group Meeting on “Science and Sustainable Development Goals” at UN headquarters in New York from 20-21 March.

The meeting will bring together about 30 scientists from different disciplines, including natural, social and economic sciences, and humanities, with research experience in areas related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as science-policy experts.

The meeting aims to provide an entry point for the scientific community to inform the work of the intergovernmental Open Working Group on SDGs as it begins its work. The two-day meeting will include expert panels, breakout group sessions and plenary discussions focused on what sound scientific advice is available for the SDGs process and how science can best inform it. Moreover, the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) is meant to be the first step in opening a dialogue between scientific experts, government representatives and members of the Open Working Group.  At the end of the two-day session the Expert Group will meet with policy makers involved in the intergovernmental discussions on the SDGs, including members of the OWG, to debrief them on the outcomes.

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