About the Forum
Earth’s natural systems are under unprecedented stress. Mounting scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that over 60 per cent of ecosystems have been depleted. Natural resources consumption is expected to rise three to six-fold by 2050, and the world’s population is expected to increase to 9 billion by 2030. The Anthropocene, a new epoch marked by humanity’s profound impact on the planet, is upon us.
To chart a greener and more sustainable path, the world needs to embrace new strategies, technologies, policies and actions.
Today’s technology and science-driven revolution — known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution — offers an unprecedented opportunity to embrace cleaner, greener and more efficient solutions to achieve sustainable development.
Rapid scientific and technological progress offers solutions, scalable only if supported by timely policy interventions, regulatory and governance frameworks and sustainable financial systems. Trillions of dollars must be channeled away from earth-depleting ventures towards greener investment, more sustainable markets and a healthier planet.
To capitalize on this potential, UN Environment is catalyzing a more dynamic interface between the science, policy and business sectors. The UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment, organized by UN Environment and partners, is a framework designed to strengthen this interface and to accelerate positive change towards a circular economy and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
What We Do
Launched at the UN Environment Assembly in December 2017, the Forum promotes initiatives to grow green technology markets that are driven by advances in science and technology, empowering policies and innovative financing.
With a platform of over 2000 member institutions — representing the worlds of business, science and policy — the Forum provides a unique platform for multi-stakeholders to work together to shape the future, with the private sector given a unique place on the table as a key partner and driver of sustainable development.
In the context of the Forum, UN Environment and partners:
- Organize issues-based consultations, round-tables, thematic conferences and in-depth negotiations between top scientists, policy makers, citizen science groups and the business sector.
- Showcase the positive impact of transformative green solutions and technologies and take stock of the policies and investments required to scale up successful models.
- Present the outcome of these consultations to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) , the UN High Level Political Forum and the UNEA Bureau to enhance decision-making and to inform on the future vision.