Future Earth and the Government of South Africa will jointly convene an international conference on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 26 to 28 February 2018.
The “SDGs in the Anthropocene” conference seeks to strengthen the scientific foundation of the SDGs and enliven science-policy and other key science-society interfaces for mobilising knowledge into action. The conference will examine synergies and trade-offs between SDGs that relate to critical sustainability challenges, including food, energy and water security, health, biodiversity and ecosystems, cities, oceans and climate change.
A key objective of the conference will be to synthesise knowledge that contributes to the 2019 UN Global Sustainable Development Report and informs the High Level Political Forum. The conference will also explore data integration needs and opportunities for developing a set of integrated indicators for the SDGs – at multiple scales and applicable across multiple goals – as well as shaping how varied streams of knowledge can be harnessed to meet regional development priorities that intersect with the SDGs.
The conference will engage science, policy and practice networks within and outside of Future Earth. A call for session topics and additional information are coming soon.
For more information, contact Jon Padgham, Future Earth Capacity Building Lead.