12 April 2023
United Nations Headquarters
America/New_York timezone

Briefing of the General Assembly on Science-based Evidence in support of Sustainable Solutions

12 April 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York

To catalyze solution-oriented consultations with the scientific community, the President of the General Assembly is convening an informal plenary meeting to hear briefings from eminent scientists and academics.

Thirteen negotiation processes underway during the seventy-seventh session of the General Assembly are related to transformation. These processes could all benefit from science-based evidence to support Member State decision making. The informal briefing will offer scientific decision support for the Members to contribute to the Financing for Development process, High Level Political Forum as well as the SDG Summit.

The briefings, open to Members States, Observers of the General Assembly and ECOSOC accredited NGOs, will focus on science-based evidence in support of sustainable solutions on:

  1. Beyond GDP
  2. Food Security and Sustainability Transformation
  3. Scientific Support System for the UN

The briefings will be held in three separate sessions on the same day. Each session will be followed by an interactive discussion.

Short summaries of the briefings and the contributions and recommendations by Member States expressed during the interactive discussions will be made available to support Member States in the preparation of the above-mentioned events and published on the webpage of the President of the General Assembly.

Event Outline:

10:00 am – 10:05 am: Opening by H.E. Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, President of the General Assembly  

10:05 am - 11:30 am: Panel 1 – “Beyond GDP: How we measure matters”

10:05 am – 10:35 am: Presentations by panelists

10:35 am – 11:30 am: Reactions from the floor and responses from the panel

11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Panel 2 – “Food Security and Sustainability Transformation”

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Presentations by panelists

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Reactions from the floor and responses from the panel

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Panel 3 – “Scientific Support System at the UN: A new science-based ‘normal’”?

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Presentations by panelists

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Reactions from the floor and responses from the panel

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Wrap up and Closing remarks by H.E. Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, President of the General Assembly 


Civil Society Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC are invited to attend the Town Hall meeting in person.

Due to time limitations, it will not be possible to accommodate all requests for questions from the audience. We appreciate your understanding.

Please note: This event is open to all NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC who have valid UN grounds passes. This form has been created only to solicit your submission for the briefing, if you are interested in doing so.   


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