📅 13 – 15 February 2023
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and amplified many of the world’s inequalities, vulnerabilities, and unsustainable practices. However, it was in some ways a distraction from the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution that threatens even greater consequences for humanity. The Russia-Ukraine war is also a tragic reminder of why the 2030 agenda is so urgent and relevant.
On the other hand, the pandemic has prompted the development of a new wave of innovative technologies focused on sustainability. This technological convergence, where artificial intelligence and big data play central roles, has proven to be an invaluable tool for decision-makers in times of crisis.
To guarantee a sustainable recovery, it is crucial to harness the power of science, technology, and innovation (STI) to address all aspects of the 2030 Agenda. There is an urgent need to use environmentally sound technologies to mitigate climate change, stop the loss of biodiversity, and help with ecosystem conservation. It is imperative to utilize circular economy principles, nature-based solutions, and systems-based approaches to explore new ways to redesign the systems, products, and services.