Transform 21

In a year of change for climate and biodiversity policy, we’re bringing together expert views from the science and policy communities to explore the state of knowledge and action on sustainable development.

The year 2021 will be pivotal for sustainable development. In May 2021 the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15) is expected to adopt a new framework for ‘living in harmony with nature’. And in November, negotiators from around the world will meet in Glasgow, UK, for COP26, where they’ll review progress towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and getting on a pathway to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

In the context of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, these global fora will focus attention on pressing questions for science and policy. The pandemic has raised concern about the sustainability of continued economic growth, about our relationships with nature and with each other, and about the mutual interests and responsibilities of countries for transnational challenges.

In a series of blogs and interviews, we will be gathering perspectives from our community about the key priorities for making 2021 a year of real transformation.

Photo: Bell’s bridge in Glasgow leads towards the Scottish Event Campus, where COP26 will take place (Dun Deagh via Flickr).