The Summer School on Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development has two major objectives. It seeks to deepen the modeling skills of government officials and academics to inform sustainable development policies through more than 100 hours of intensive training sessions combining analysts from governments and academics. Government officials from countries participating in UNDESA and UNDP capacity development projects on modeling tools will interact with graduate students and researchers interested in contributing to the practice of providing rigorous evidence for decision making on sustainable development policies. Ensuring a flow of robust evidence is not enough; effort must be exerted to make the best possible use of evidence. The Summer School also seeks to enrich the discussion on how sustainable development challenges are being perceived by countries, assess the relevance of capacity development practices on the use of modelling tools, and identify ways in which capacity development on modelling tools can better inform the design of policies for sustainable development.
The training sessions of the Summer School will gather, between 12 and 28 June, 30 government officials and 15 academics under the guidance of experts from KTH, Cambridge, IASSA, UNDESA, FAO and other institutions. The high-level meeting will host a candid and incisive exchange of views, on 29 and 30 June, among Ministers and high level government officials from several countries, the Director of Development Policy and Analysis at UN-DESA, and the Director of Strategy and Policy from UNDP, and high level representatives from selected Universities.
THE SUMMER SCHOOL
Intensive hands-on training
The three-week training of the Summer School will combine the academic rigor with the pragmatism needed to address the complexity of designing effective and realistic policies for sustainable development for the 2030 Agenda, including the interlinked 17 Goals, its 169 Targets, and the Paris Agreement. During the intensive training sessions and laboratories, experts from developing countries will work on model adaptation to national circumstances, translation of policy questions and issues into model interpretable formats, interpretation and presentation of results into policy relevant form. Academics participating in training will learn the techniques and methodologies relevant for rigorous model formulation that meets the stringent demands of the modeling practice to inform policy decision making. The overarching goal is to sharpen participants’ modelling skills to a point where government officials can operate and enhance their national models independently, incorporate new and evolving policy issues and with little further assistance, and academics can usefully contribute to this process by incorporating frontier academic knowledge in the respective fields.
High level meeting
The high-level meeting will mark the culmination of the more than 100 hours of intensive training on modelling tools for sustainable development. The high-level meeting seeks to host an enriching discussion on how sustainable development challenges are being perceived by countries, assess the relevance of capacity development practices on the use of modeling tools, and identify ways in which capacity development on modelling tools can better inform the design of policies for sustainable development. To accomplish its objectives, the meeting will host presentations demonstrating what has been accomplished to date, including several newly articulated national strategies and policy notes. Presentations will attempt to demonstrate how modelling tools can help improve policy support and decision making by:
● Unveiling the interlinkages –trade-offs and synergies—within and across different policy areas.
● Raising awareness about the time commitment required for capacity building,
● Exchanging views on the usefulness of the tools, identify gaps
● Discussing the way forward.
Participation will be by invitation only. No public call for applications is being made.
Local Organiser: Adrian Tompkins
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