The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was launched in 2012 to mobilize global scientific and technological knowledge on the challenges of sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the post-2015 global sustainable development agenda.
The SDSN-Amazonia is a knowledge network that focuses on accelerating design and implementation of sustainable development solutions for the Amazonia. In a partnership with the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and the support of the Interamerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS), the SDSN-Amazonia organized two consulting meetings that took place in Manaus on 5-6 December 2014.
The first consulting meeting was held in the afternoon of December 5, and focused on “Science and the Challenges of Sustainable Development in the Amazonia”. This meeting assembled the presidents of the Science Academies of the Amazon region – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela – to discuss the role and potential contribution of Science to help define sustainable development strategies for the region.
The second consulting meeting was held in the morning of December 6, and focused on “Challenges, Opportunities and Contributions to Sustainable Development Solutions for the Amazonia”. On this meeting participants discussed topics such as: key areas of research for the Amazon region in the next 5 years; major challenges for researchers and research centers based in the Amazonia; scientific cooperation to promote sustainable regional development; innovative solutions to cope with regional problems; and effective contributions of the SDSN for the scientific field, and vice versa.
The core objective of these consulting meetings was to contribute to the design of the strategic plan of SDSN-Amazonia, and the engagement of the regional scientific community in the building up of strategies that help promote regional sustainable development.