With a spotlight on the Global Sustainable Development Report

The “Expert Group Meeting for the Global Sustainable Development Report 2013 – Engaging National Assessments” will take place from 12 to 13 December in Beijing. It is co-sponsored by UN DESA and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China.

The meeting will open with statements by Under-Secretary-General Wu-Hongbo and the host country’s Vice Minister of Science and Technology, among others.

One of the functions of the High Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), which was inaugurated on 24 September 2013, is to strengthen the science-policy interface. This is to be done, among other things, by bringing together dispersed information and assessments, including in the form of a global sustainable development report, building on existing assessments, and enhancing evidence-based decision-making at all levels.

The Expert Group Meeting is intended to contribute to the work of the HLPF on the above issues. It will bring together leading scientists and experts involved in preparing national reports or related sustainable development assessments, in order to ensure that their research findings and analytical perspectives will be featured in the Global Sustainable Development Report. The modality of future collaboration among the experts will also be discussed during the meeting.

Further information can be found on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.