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Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development prior to Rio + 20

lunes, 11 de junio de 2012 — viernes, 15 de junio de 2012 International Council for Science (ICSU)

A major five-day forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development for Sustainable Development just prior to the Rio + 20 conference. The Forum will provide a platform for the science, technology and innovation (STI) community to discuss sustainable development challenges and solutions with policy-makers and other stakeholders.

At a time when scientific evidence indicates that humanity has pushed the Earth system close to the limits of planetary boundaries, many worry that the current trajectory, if unchecked, could lead to a future of extreme global humanitarian crises. Future growth and effective risk management in an increasingly interconnected world will require an overhaul of the economic system.

In the lead-up to the Rio + 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, leading scientists will meet at a forum to explore the role of science and innovation as a drivers of the transformation to a more sustainable economy.

The five-day forum, organized by the International Council for Science, will bring together leading experts in a wide range of disciplines and sectors, and explore pathways towards a greener, more equitable economy.

Discussion will focus on a series of cross-cutting themes which pose the greatest challenges to the planet’s carrying capacity: how to secure food and water supplies for a growing global population, how to provide energy in a green economy, how to adapt to a world of greater risk from climate change and disaster, how to ensure urban wellbeing and sustainable livelihoods which are more equitable and how to rethink social and economic models.

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