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Publicly Available Published by De Gruyter March 19, 2016

UN Secretary General Appoints ICSU Executive Director to Special Advisory Group on the SDGs

From the journal Chemistry International


ICSU Executive Director Heide Hackmann has been appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to serve on a special advisory group, drawn from civil society, the private sector, and the scientific community, which will support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, a key part of the post-2015 architecture for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

When the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted at the UN General Assembly in September 2015, the agenda called for a multi-stakeholder Technology Facilitation Mechanism. The mechanism will comprise three elements: a UN inter-agency task team on science, technology, and innovation for the SDGs; a collaborative multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology, and innovation for the SDGs that meets once a year; and an online platform.

After an extensive and open selection process, the Secretary General invited 10 individuals to serve in a personal capacity on the 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism. The group, working with the UN interagency task team, will prepare the meetings of the multi-stakeholder forum, support the development and operationalization of the online platform, and provide briefings and other inputs to the high-level political forum on sustainable development.

Commenting on her appointment, Heide Hackmann said: “This group will play a key role to ensure the mainstreaming of science and technology into the implementation of the new development agenda, and I am honoured to be a part of that process. I also welcome the multi-stakeholder approach that has been the hallmark of the entire SDG process, and characterizes the balanced selection of this group. I look forward very much to working with this distinguished group of individuals in the coming two years.”

The full list of members of the group, and its terms of reference, are available from the UN website:

IUPAC General Assembly and World Congress

In 2015, IUPAC completed a very successful General Assembly (GA) and World Chemistry Congress in Busan, Korea. For 2017, the IUPAC GA and Congress will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For 2019, plans are progressing to organize the event in Paris, France to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the Union.

IUPAC is seeking Expressions of Intent to host a General Assembly and World Chemistry Congress for the years 2021 and 2023.

If your National Adhering Organizations would like to host one of these events in either 2021 or 2023, please indicate your intention by communicating directly with the IUPAC Executive Director at . Final decisions to accept proposals for 2021 and 2023 will be taken by the IUPAC Council at its next meeting in 2017 during the 49th General Assembly in Sao Paulo, Brazil. From that point onward, NAOs will be invited to formulate proposals for future Congresses six years in advance.

Published Online: 2016-3-19
Published in Print: 2016-3-1

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