Belmont Forum scoping workshop: Sustainable Development Pathways

Thursday, February 7, 2019 -
10:30am to 4:00pm
Leverage Points 2019 conference, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

The Belmont Forum is an international partnership that mobilizes funding of environmental change research and accelerates its delivery to remove critical barriers to sustainability. We want to bring together transdisciplinary research teams comprised of natural and social scientists, and stakeholders from around the world to set targets and create pathways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were unanimously adopted by all member states of the United Nations in 2015. These goals encompass a broad range of economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and set specific targets for implementation.

The Belmont Forum and its partners recognize that we currently lack a truly integrated, comprehensive qualitative and quantitative understanding of sustainable development pathways that account for the inter-linkages between the economy, technology, environment, climate, and human development, and that anchor within the constraints of a sustainable Earth system. The viability of achieving these multiple social-economic-environmental planetary goals simultaneously needs to be assessed. To help provide a science base for achieving the SDG’s, the Belmont Forum and partners are exploring integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop transformation pathways for sustainable development. This challenge needs direct input from the international research community and stakeholders to discuss critical questions or issues around the topic.

During this scoping workshop we seek to bring together, funders and researchers to understand the potential priorities for research regarding SDG development pathways. The desired outcome of the workshop would be walking away with knowing where we think the community is regarding research progress and current activities, and with an idea of the research that needs to be supported to meet those goals. This engagement can help directly gauge the research community’s readiness to address these research challenges; identify the need for further networking and community building.

The workshop is open to all Leverage Points 2019 conference attendees, please RSVP.