GSDR Dialogues for Sustainability
Upcoming in September and October: Renewable Energies and Food Systems.
As a community of action working towards the 2030 Agenda we know there is no time to lose if we want to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in time. Therefore, we offer a space for connection, exchange and collaboration on topics and strategies that support the implementation of action(plans).
„How can we make sure that different policies for reaching the SDGs converge and don’t compete, and build on the dynamics of climate policy?”
The GSDR Dialogues for Sustainability offer a hands-on exchange format for practitioners of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including representatives of governments, adacemia, social society and business.
The dialogue format will focus on one special topic per session. For this we invite special guests to briefly share their insights and perspectives. Ignited by this, we give room for an in-depth discussion with all participants, with the opportunity to put your questions on the table. The exchange shall contribute to a better understanding of the variety of topics, policies, strategies, technologies, approaches and different perspectives related to the GSDR and the pathway to a sustainable future. We hope this format will inspire and motivate meaningful follow-up in the Decade of Action and Delivery of the 2030 Agenda.
Topics are centered around operationalizing the key messages of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) 2019 as well as sharing research activities of the new Independent Group of Scientists working on the GSDR 2023. More importantly, topics addressed during the Dialogues for Sustainability tackle crucial challenges and urgent questions that we must face in order to co-create the future we want.
Total number of all participants in all events in 2021
The GSDR Dialogues for Sustainability are connected to the GSDR 2019 Community of Practice, which promotes and shares examples and good practices of operationalization.
Imme Scholz is Deputy Director of the German Development Institute (DIE) and Honorary Professor of the Centre for Ethics and Responsibility at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany. Imme studied sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin. She joined DIE as a researcher in 1992 and worked on trade regulations for environmental requirements to products and production processes. With her PhD she tried to understand the limited effect of certification schemes for sustainable forestry on the sustainability of the timber trade in the Brazilian Amazon region. From 1999-2002 she was an environmental policy advisor in the Amazon region of Brazil on behalf of German development cooperation (GIZ GmbH), as part of a large pilot programme for the protection of Brazilian rainforests. On her return to DIE she took over the newly founded environmental department where she created a research group on adaptation to climate change. In 2009 she was appointed as deputy director of the Institute. Imme is very active at the science-policy interface, within the T20, the European Think Tanks Group and in policy dialogues with China on sustainable development. She is deputy chair of the German Sustainability Council, a member of the German Bioeconomy Council and of the German Committee Future Earth (DKN Future Earth).
Ivar Andreas Baste
Ivar Andreas Baste
Ivar Andreas Baste is the co-Chair for the Future of GEO process Steering Committee and a senior advisor at the Norwegian Environment Agency. He has also served as a member of the IPBES Bureau, Director of the Environment Management Group, UNEP Chief of Scientific Assessments, and Deputy Director General in the Norwegian Ministry of Environment. Ivar has contributed to various assessments including for IPBES, UNEP GEO, Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone, Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessments of the State of the Marine Environment, International Assessment of Agricultural Science & Technology for Development, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), and Global Biodiversity Assessment (GA).
Sir Robert Watson is one of the most influential environmental scientists worldwide. In addition to Chairing or Co-Chairing numerous national and international assessments, he has served as a Senior Scientific Advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, the World Bank, and UK Defra. He has received many awards for his contributions to science, including the Asahi Glass Blue Planet Prize and the UN Champion of the World for Science and Innovation. Some of his past Chair and co-Chair positions on assessments include the IPCC 3rd Assessment Report, IPCC WGII 2nd Assessment Report, IPBES, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), International Assessment of Agricultural Science & Technology for Development, Global Biodiversity Assessment (GA), multiple International Scientific Assessments of Stratospheric Ozone, and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.
“We have to transform our relationship with nature and the next 10 years are crucial. This will involve a fundamental change in the technological, economic and social organization of society, including world-views, norms, values and governance”
Moderated by Astra Bonini (United Nations Department of Econimic and Social Affairs) the first session of the GSDR Dialogues for Sustainability bridged between the recommendations of the GSDR 2019 and the new team of the Independent Group of Scientists (IGS) working on the GSDR 2023. As a member of the IGS, Imme Scholz provided impressions on the research focus and progress of the team and outlined how to engage with the research group to bring in more perspectives and leave no one behind. In her closing remarks she said: “Increasing the outreach of the GSDR is core and that might be an opportunity for this group!”
Baste and Watson presented the results of their “Making Peace with Nature” report and explained how climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution can be tackled jointly within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. The report serves to translate the current state of scientific knowledge into crisp, clear and digestible facts-based messages that the world can relate to and follow up on. It also identifies the shifts needed to close gaps between current actions and those needed to achieve sustainable development. As Ivar Baste put it: „It is important to realize we are facing complex challenges and the situation requires society to transform. Society has realized the challenge – measures taken are working well but they are not enough to achieve the targets: landuse, land degradation, emissions, pollution – all are still increasing.“ In the Q&A, participants used the opportunity to ask the two lead authors of "Making Peace with Nature" more specific questions about the implementation of measures, the interdisciplinary aspects of the report and the different sectors that applied to their daily work as practitioners.
For more information, please visit the report’s website.
“We know the solutions to some extend - but still we need to think about the knowledge that can bridge the science-policy interface at all countries and all levels”