New York
United States of America

HLM - Multistakeholder Panel 3: Strategic foresight and risk reduction to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

Organizer(s) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Trusteeship Council Chamber



15:00 – 16:30 (GMT-5)


The increasing frequency and scale of shocks calls for better application of risk analytics and strategic foresight to guide and underpin future-proof national development plans as well as sector-specific plans and associated investments by public and private sectors. The ability to plan, anticipate and better prepare for change and uncertainty will be essential for informing effective resilience building measures.

Seven years of implementation of the Sendai Framework and the 2030 Agenda have demonstrated the need for strengthened efforts to prevent and mitigate major risks before they manifest as shocks and disasters. Recent years have also shown a need for more effective response when such risks are realised. The panel will discuss what is required for us to be able to better manage catastrophic and potentially existential risks, for example, how to invest and collaborate, for instance, building institutional capability, capacity and the scientific and technological bases for the multi-dimensional risk assessment and strategic foresight that is urgently needed.

Guiding Questions:

  1. How can governments and communities at all levels leverage strategic foresight activities to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals?
  2. How can the multilateral system be fit-for-purpose in its capacity for strategic foresight and risk reduction, particularly for the most vulnerable countries and communities around the world?
  3. What steps are necessary to generate a vision of the future that is inclusive and supported by all segments of our societies?
  4. How can the multilateral sustainable development coordination and support architecture better understand, incorporate, and thus effectively address risk, inspire activity in support of the global commons, and deliver public goods?

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