Preliminary findings from the IIASA – ISC Consultative Science Platform: Bouncing Forward Sustainably Post COVID-19 will be presented in an interactive virtual side event taking place between 15:00 – 16:00 CEST on 29 September 2020, on the fringes of the UN General Assembly, and you can register now to join the discussion.
Join us online: Transformations within reach— International Science Council (@ISC) September 22, 2020
📅 29 September, 15:00 – 16:00 CET
➕ Game-changing measures to help build a more resilient world
➕ Key policy insights on how to move forward sustainably
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching consequences beyond the spread of the virus itself. There have been immediate adverse social and economic effects, including significant increases in people living below the poverty line and the potential for widespread famine. Progress that was being made in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals may fall behind if corrective action is not taken.
Pandemic, climate impacts, systemic inequalities and injustice…the symptoms of a very sick planet are clear for all to see. It’s time to tackle the root causes. There’s no need for continued disruption, but rather to transform the way we decide, produce, consume and share. Join our discussion to find out more about the kind of transformations that are already within reach.Flavia Schlegel, Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy, International Science Council
This virtual meeting, which is organized by IIASA and the ISC in cooperation with the Permanent Missions of Norway and South Africa to the United Nations, will present key insights and recommendations that have emerged from extensive consultations with the scientific community and which suggest a way to operationalize a sustainable and equitable new normal. It is an opportunity to assess what we have learned from the COVID-19 response and to determine what worked and what did not.
This event will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and share learnings with the following keynote speakers:
H.E. Minister of International Development of Norway
Director-General (DG) of the Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and patron of the IIASA – ISC Consultative Science Platform: Bouncing Forward Sustainably Post COVID-19
Chief Executive Officer of the International Science Council
IIASA Director General
President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
IIASA Deputy Director General for Science – as the moderator
Since IIASA and the International Science Council (ISC) launched the IIASA – ISC Consultative Science Platform: Bouncing Forward Sustainably Post COVID-19 initiative in May 2020, the two organizations have drawn on their combined strengths, expertise, and large scientific communities, to come up with a set recommendations. The recommendations draw on insights from a series of online consultations that have brought together over 200 experts from all regions of the world around four key themes:
- strengthening science systems
- responsive governance
- resilient food systems, and
- sustainable energy,
Reports from the consultative meetings are available on the IIASA website:
- Mechler R, Stevance A-S, & Deubelli T (2020). 2nd Consultation Report. Bouncing Forward Sustainably: Pathways to a post-COVID World. Governance for Sustainability.
- Rovenskaya E, Kaplan D, & Sizov S (2020). 2nd Consultation Report. Bouncing Forward Sustainably: Pathways to a post-COVID World. Strengthening Science Systems.
- Sperling F, Havlik P, Denis M, Gaupp F, Palazzo A, Valin H, & Visconti P (2020). Report on Second Consultative Science Platform. Bouncing Forward Sustainably: Pathways to a post-COVID World. Resilient Food Systems.
- Gomez Echeverri L, Zakeri B, Alexander S, Barreto-Gomez L, Bazilian M, Boza-Kiss B, Creutzig F, Fritz S, et al (2020). Report on Second Consultative Science Platform. Bouncing Forward Sustainably: Pathways to a post-COVID World. Sustainable Energy.
The platform is informed and supported by an advisory board under the patronage of the former UN Secretary General, H.E. Ban Ki-moon and the Chair of the Elders H.E. Mary Robinson. Currently, the initiative has the following partners: Ban Ki-moon Center, Future Earth, the Earth League, and the Vienna Energy Forum.