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Summit on Science and Technology Enablement for the Sustainable Development Goals

Summit on Science and Technology Enablement for the Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

The New York Academy of Sciences


The New York Academy of Sciences, with encouragement from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and with the support of the UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, David Nabarro, is presenting an invitation-only one-day Summit November 29, 2016, at the Academy's conference center in New York City. The Summit will bring together leaders from academia, industry, civil society, member states, UN agencies and intergovernmental organizations.

The Summit goals are to:

  • Explore how the best available scientific and technologically-driven methods can help strategically advance the delivery of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Develop roadmaps of how to advance toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including articulating high-level proofs of concept to demonstrate their value and defining metrics for success.
  • Organize for collective action both during and beyond the Summit to continue the partnership among the participants.

The Summit will focus on four key cross-cutting themes covered by the SDGs including Urbanization, People in Crisis, Early Childhood Development, and Sustainable Consumption and Production.

Participation in the Summit is by invitation only. If you have not received a personal invitation and are interested in participating, please submit a request to Jennifer Costley, PhD, Director, Physical Sciences, Sustainability & Engineering at Please indicate your qualifications for favorable consideration as a participant in and contributor to this meeting.


Final Report

Session Presentations and Reports

Session A (People in Crisis)
Presentation   |   Report

Session B (Early Childhood Development)

Session C (Sustainable Consumption and Production)
Presentation   |   Report

Session D (Urbanization)
Presentation   |   Report


Science and the SDGs: Towards Integration
This webinar, based on the work of David LeBlanc, UN DESA, examines the SDGs as a network of goals and targets and addresses key questions on their connectivity and how they can facilitate the integration of policy and action. Presented on November 21, 2016. (video, 129MB)

Science and the SDGs: Insights into the Global Research Landscape
This webinar, based on the groundbreaking report Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape by Elsevier, examines the status of sustainability science—research that supports and drives sustainable development—as a research field. Presented on October 24, 2016. (video, 93MB)



UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030
This latest edition of the report reveals that many countries are now incorporating science, technology and innovation in their national development agenda and mainstreaming sustainable development.

Making Technological Innovation Work for Sustainable Development
This paper, co-authored by Summit attendee Alicia Harley, presents insights and action proposals to better harness technological innovation for sustainable development.

Big Data for Development: Opportunities & Challenges
This paper from UN Global Pulse provides a summary of how big data, and the power of data science and advanced analytics, can be utilized in service of sustainable development.

Early Childhood Development

Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale
This new Lancet Series describes the latest evidence about linkages between early care and development and progress towards global commitments on early childhood development. Interventions that are most beneficial through the life course are reviewed, and how to scale up early childhood development program globally is examined.

Give Me a Child
Short article from The Economist on how a healthy mix of private and public investment can boost ECD.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

8:30 am

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am

Opening the Summit

Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences
Keynote Address
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

9:15 am

Framing the Summit

Why Do We Need Science to Help Deliver the SDGs (and What Can We Do to Make It Happen)
Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals
Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of Republic of Korea to the United Nations
David Nabarro, UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change

9:45 am

Parallel Breakout Sessions: Scope and Opportunity 
Session A: People in Crisis
Session B: Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Session C: Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)
Session D: Urbanization

10:45 am

AM Coffee Break

11:15 am

Parallel Breakout Sessions: Research and Data 
Session A: People in Crisis
Session B: Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Session C: Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)
Session D: Urbanization

12:30 pm

Plenary Lunch

Commitments to Collective Action: (3 minutes each) 
Global Goals Technology Forum (Dominic Vergine, ARM)
Education Initiative (Margie Wang, JA Worldwide)
Patient Innovation (Pedro Oliveira, Católica Lisbon School of Bus. & Econ.)
The EAT Forum (Johan Rockström, Stockholm Resilience Center)
Reducing Health Disparities through Data (James H. Faghmous, Arnhold Institute for Global Health)

1:30 pm

Parallel Breakout Sessions: Implementation and Partnership 
Session A: People in Crisis
Session B: Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Session C: Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)
Session D: Urbanization

3:00 pm

Session Report Outs: Roadmaps for Action (A&B)

3:30 pm

PM Coffee Break

4:00 pm

Session Report Outs: Roadmaps for Action (C&D)

4:30 pm

Additional Commitments to Collective Action (3 minutes each) 
J&J Programmatic Commitment to the SDGs (Paul Stoffels, J&J)
Global Compact for ECD (Gilles Bergeron, The New York Academy of Sciences)
Supporting the SDGs through Research (Takao Kuramochi, Japan Science & Technology Agency)

Agreeing Key Actions and Commitments 
Session Leaders:
Guido Schmidt Traub, Executive Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Jennifer Costley, Director, The New York Academy of Sciences
      •   Review roadmap commitments
      •   New commitments and collective next steps

5:30 pm

Closing Remarks
Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

5:45 – 7:00 pm


Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

Ellis Rubinstein

The New York Academy of Sciences

David Nabarro, MD

The United Nations


Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General, The United Nations

Ellis Rubinstein

President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences

David Nabarro

UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Thomas Gass

Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN DESA

Jan Eliasson

Deputy Secretary-General, The United Nations

Stream Leads

Early Childhood Development
Michael McBurney, DSM
Pia Britto, UNICEF
Aisha Yousafzai, Harvard School of Public Health

People in Crisis
Tine De Marez, Johnson & Johnson
Ravi Gurumurthy, International Rescue Committee
Anastasia Thatcher Marceau (facilitator), Accenture

Sustainable Consumption and Production
Chris Cioffe, PepsiCo
Cheryl Martin, World Economic Forum
Johan Rockström, Stockholm Resilience Center
Margo Mosher (facilitator), SustainAbility

Guru Banavar, IBM
Norine Kennedy, US Council for International Business
Rich Goode (facilitator), Ernst & Young


Presented by

The New York Academy of Sciences

Organizing Sponsor

Summit Sponsors

  • IBM
  • ARM
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • United Technologies
  • Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Summit Friends

Dassault Systèmes




STEM Education Foundation

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New York, NY 10007-2157

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