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Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development: Reporting back

The Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development was a great success! Over 1,000 people attended the event from June 11-15, with another 1,000 watching the live webcast and many more interacting via social media.

The forum brought together scientists, policymakers, industry, NGOs, journalists and youth from the world over to exchange ideas, solutions and policy recommendations in Rio de Janeiro while the final negotiations on the “Future We Want” document were still underway. It was a very exciting and inspiring week for all.  Alongside the main plenary sessions, the forum provided smaller spaces for learning, exchange and networking via 25 side events which ran throughout the week.


“Ensuring a sustainable future in the face of inter-connected, human-induced challenges facing the Earth system urgently requires new knowledge and a new relationship between science and society,” said the final communique from the Forum. Scientists and policymakers from more than 75 countries debated themes ranging from energy, food and water security to indigenous knowledge and the green economy, and two important conclusions stood out: the necessity for social and natural scientists to work closely together, and the need for integrated policy approaches.


Future Earth, a new 10-year interdisciplinary initiative on research for global sustainability that will bring together natural and social scientists, was launched at the Forum. For more information:  http://www.icsu.org/future-earth.


The final outcome document on “The Future We Want” contained several important references to science. These included:

  • References to the need to strengthen the science-policy interface
  • The decision to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals
  • The role and functions of a new High-Level Political Forum (including to strengthen the science-policy interface, among others through the preparation of global sustainable development reports)


Missed the Forum? Want to revisit sessions?

  • View all main sessions
  • Read the co-Convenors’ recommendations and summaries
  • Read the blog
  • View the photos


Blog and media highlights

  • At Rio, a new contract for science?
    Chinadialogue, 20 June 2012
  • If you were in Rio…
    Chinadialogue, 18 June 2012
  • 'We told you so,’ and other final messages from the Science Forum
    SciDevNet, 17 June 2012
  • Harnessing New Scientific Capacity
    Science, 15 June 2012
  • UNsustainable?
    Science, 15 June 2012
  • Rio+20 Earth summit: scientists call for action on population
    The Guardian, 14 June 2012
  • ICSU to launch global initiative for monitoring urban health
    SciDevNet, 14 June 2012
  • Science is key to our sustainable future
    Al Jazeera, 9 June 2012

Forum website: www.icsu.org/rio20/science-and-technology-forum

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