On November 29, 2016, with the encouragement and support of the United Nations, the New York Academy of Sciences kick-started a collaborative effort by the scientific and technical community to address the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. The inaugural Summit on Science Enablement for the Sustainable Development Goals recognized in particular the unique capabilities of the private sector in bringing scientific and technical resources to bear in delivering innovative solutions.
Among the most innovative and impactful convenings the Academy ever designed, top executives from the private sector came together with academia, UN member states, UN programs and specialized agencies, NGOs, and research and policy institutes to define the science and technology challenges outlined in the SDGs and develop roadmaps for working towards the goals. Critical to the success of the SDG Summit were actionable outcomes from the convening – namely the intention to continue work on the collective action, proof-of-concept projects and key deliverables identified there.
The Second Annual Summit on Science Enablement for the Sustainable Development Goals on October 16-17, 2017, will build on the work of the Inaugural Summit and continue to explore how science and technology can help strategically advance the delivery of the 2030 Agenda.