In a significant development, TROP ICSU participated at the United Nations High Level Political Forum 2019 (HLPF 2019) on Sustainable Development at the United Nations Headquarters on 11 July 2019 in a three-hour joint session with the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and Harvard University. This session is titled "Practices and Approaches on quality education towards environment and climate action." Representatives from the participating organizations brainstormed on (i) approaches that formal (curriculum, pedagogy, cross-disciplinary linkages) and informal (such as NGOs working at the grass-root level) education systems can adopt to promote transdisciplinary thinking essential for public understanding of the science of environmental degradation and climate change and (ii) ways to obtain feedback from the community to design environmentally just sustainable infrastructure at local levels and identify ways to reverse and mitigate climate change at global levels.
Prof. L S Shashidhara (TROP ICSU and IUBS), Dr Lucilla Spini (ISC) and Dr Boram Lee (WCRP,WMO) represented the ISC via TROP ICSU participation in the session.
Session agenda and the concept note, along with a detailed description of the contribution from TROP ICSU and ISC/ICSU, can be accessed here.