The High-level Political Forum is the United Nations’ central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The ISC has a central role in this platform as a co-convenor of the UN Major Group for Science and Technology. The ISC works with the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) to secure a mandate for science at the UN and to integrate scientific and expert knowledge into sustainable development-related policy processes. 

Rewatch our 2021 HLPF events

Unleashing Science: Delivering Missions for Sustainability

📅 6 July 2021
🕥 11:30 – 13:00 UTC

Read the position paper for the 2021 HLPF

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Position paper from the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group

The paper sets out ways to advance progress on the SDGs throughout the Decade of Action while living with and through the COVID-19 pandemic and underscores the urgent need to address existing scientific evidence and move from plans to action.

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The ISC and the 2030 Agenda

The biggest and most urgent challenges for contemporary science are to identify tractable pathways to global sustainability, and to assist in the creation and promotion of policies and public action that can advance societies along those pathways.

Implementation of the 2030 Agenda calls for multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder collaboration and for greater policy coherence, based on systemic understanding and so-called ‘whole of government’ approaches.

The scientific community must be a key partner in the implementation of the global goals at national, regional and global levels.

Science can provide critical data, knowledge and innovation to inform society and decision-makers about the opportunities and challenges associated with particular pathways and interventions. It can identify leverage points for social transformations that support greater sustainability.

Therefore, ISC’s Action Plan 2019-2021 ‘Advancing science as a global public good’ sets the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as one of the four domains of impact that the ISC seeks to contribute to by developing a series of projects and initiatives aimed at increasing the contribution of science to the achievement of the global agenda for sustainable development.


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