Empowering People Through a Strong Science-Technology-Policy Interface: Reflections on the first cycle of the HLPF

Jul 9 – Jul 9, 2019
13h15 - 14h45
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HLPF Side Event

Co-organised by the ISC and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations as part of the UN Science and Technology Major Group, this side event at the High Level Political Forum will provide an opportunity to reflect and discuss on the lessons learned in the science-technology-policy interface within the context of the first cycle of the HLPF.

In particular, this event will address:

  • how science and technology are institutionalised within the HLPF and other relevant ECOSOC processes (e.g. UNCTAD/CSTD, TFM),
  • the impact of science policy tools and reports (such as the Global Sustainable Development Report – GSDR) are developed and their uptake measured within the HLFP;
  • how the role of scientists and engineers in UN advisory panels, Major Groups and Other Stakeholders, and national delegations, can be enhanced and strengthened and
  • how the role and contributions of the Science and Technology Major Group can be enhanced and strengthened.



  • Dr. Lucilla Spini, Senior Science & Policy Officer, International Science Council (ISC)
  • Dr. Reginald Vachon,  World Federation of Engineering Organisations, (WFEO)


  • Dr. Marlene Kanga,  President, WFEO
  • Dr. Shantanu Mukherjee, Chief, Integrated Policy and Analysis Branch (PAB), Division for Sustainable Development Goals, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)
  • Dr. Jimmy Smith, Director General of the International Institute of Livestock Research, GIAR System
  • Ms. Shereen Shaheen, Director of Programme, West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, Jordan

Date: 9 July 2019

Time: 13h15 – 14h45

Venue: Conference Room A, United Nations Plaza, New York, USA

The side event contributes to the HLPF 2019 theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. It also contributes the session on 11 July on the briefing from the independent group of scientists on the Global Sustainable Development Report – GSDR –  as well as to the discussion on the upcoming HLPF review (see below for more information). Finally, discussions will take place under the broad spectrum of the SDGs under review:


*Please note that you will need a United Nations ground pass to attend this event.

Won’t be in New York for the HLPF? You can follow proceedings using the hashtag #HLPF2019 or watch UN TV.


For more information, see the following documents:

Resolution 70/299 notes that progress in its implementation and in the implementation of UNGA resolution 67/290 on the format and organizational aspects of the HLPF will be reviewed by the UNGA at its 74th session (2019-2020) “to benefit from lessons learned in the first cycle” of the HLPF. See also UN Reforms for the 2030 Agenda

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