The last day of “Resilience 2008", the international science and policy conference on sustainable development, was devoted to a policy dialogue with leading politicians, business representatives and scientists. Experts from an array of countries and across a number of disciplinary fields of research and policy met to discuss the policy implications of the scientific insights that had emerged during the course of the conference hosted in Stockholm, 14-17 April, 2008. The policy day was organised by Stockholm Resilience Centre in collaboration with the International Commission on Climate Change and Development, launched by the Swedish Government.
The aim of the Policy Day was twofold:
(1) To communicate the conclusions from the scientific community to policy makers and to stimulate policy makers to discuss issues related to resilience.
(2) to practice communicating complex ecological challenges to policy makers. These aims were addressed using a number of different techniques during the course of the day, including thematic workshops and “simulated speed dating" sessions. Politicians and other representatives from government, NGOs and business were exposed to the conclusions from the conference and were challenged to take necessary actions.
Last but not least, a concluding panel discussion took place to examine how science and policy can work together to meet the sustainability challenge of eroding resilience in social-ecological systems around the world. Towards the end, the panel was asked to present their vision for a future of sustainable development, and a first step towards achieving this vision. This question resulted in visions of 350 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere, zero impact of consumption on the environment, and a world in which all nations work together and where policy and science build on each other. Some of the first steps included making the UNEP into a powerful actor for global governance, mobilizing Nordic countries to take the lead in sustainable development, and the launch of the 350-campaign.
Finally, the resilience science community was invited to the European parliament and to the Swedish parliament to hold workshops on resilience.
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