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A position paper for the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development features inputs from Newcastle University researchers.

Working with the International Council for Science, researchers have contributed to a position paper by the Science and Technology Major Group for the 2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).

The HLPF is an annual event organised by the United Nations where all nations of the world meet to review progress on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and particularly its UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

The theme for HLPF 2018 is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.” Progress will be reviewed for six of the SDGs:

  • water and sanitation (Goal 14)
  • energy (Goal 7)
  • cities (Goal 11)
  • sustainable consumption and production (Goal 12)
  • terrestrial ecosystems (Goal 15)
  • means of implementation (Goal 17)

World-leading research at Newcastle University in cities focused on how Goal 11 may interact with the other Goals, and analysed the evidence underpinning interactions between targets for Goal 15 and the rest of the Goals.

Dr Phil McGowan, Dean of Engagement and Internationalisation, Director of the Institute for Sustainability, and one of the co-authors of the paper said:

“Working with ICSU to provide scientific input for the UN High-Level Political Forum is an excellent example of how Newcastle University research is providing invaluable expertise for international policy in sustainable development.

“We look forward to continuing work with ICSU and other international partners, to ensure that making and tracking progress towards the goals is backed by the best available science”.  

The Science and Technology Major Group Position paper is available to download.

Sustainable Development Goals

published on: 26 April 2018