Session at DNC 2017 // A systematic approach to map SDG interactions for practical decision-making

The session will discuss new results of projects and activities (lead by ICSU, German Committee Future Earth, SDSN and Future Earth) developed together with the scientific community and debated with several key stakeholders. The session will deal with practical decision-making, science-policy linkages, research needs and the role of science in SDG implementation processes.

Session at the Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 "SDGs and Nexus Approach - Monitoring and Implementation", 17-19 May 2017

The 2030 Agenda explicitly recognises that sustainability challenges are fundamentally inter-related. Hence, working on one goal means always to be aware of the whole SDG agenda because other goals and targets could be influenced. While the focus of the debate has been more on the tradeoffs in the past debate, this session explicitly investigates potential positive influences as well. Taking into account these interrelations is important in particular to improve coherence in policies and strategies and will need to overcome the barriers between academic disciplines and administrative silos (e.g. ministry of environment, agriculture, development, energy). In this session we will discuss a conceptual seven-point scale of SDG interactions that can be used as a starting point to organise evidence and support decision-making. Using three nexus fields as examples we will assess the need for identifying SDG interactions, organising existing knowledge and identifying key gaps and priorities.

Objectives and expected outcome

The session objectives are: (1) to explore a new globally applicable concept for policymakers and researchers to identify and test development pathways, and (2) to discuss possible positive/negative impacts of SDG implementation of different nexus fields to better understand interlinkages and how to deal with it as well as to discuss possible research needs.

Target audience

Scientists and policy makers interested in integrated policy, science-policy knowledge exchange and research needs.


10:30 am
A new framework to better understand SDG interactions
Prof. Måns Nilsson, SEI Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden

10:40 am
Governance at the water-energy-food nexus: towards the integrated achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives
Dr. Imme Scholz, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) / German Development Institute, Germany

10:50 am
Implications of deep decarbonization for other SDGs: land-energy interactions
Dr. Sabine Fuss, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) gGmbH, Germany

11:00 am
Challenges and opportunities in SDG implementation and monitoring
Prof. Martin Visbeck, German Committee Future Earth, Germany

Source: DNC 2017 website

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