International Workshop on Sustainability Science in the Asia-Pacific Region

At the Rio+20 United Nations conference in June 2012, the worlds governments agreed to produce a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). The Rio+20 outcome document proposes that the SDGs must be action-oriented, concise and easy to communicate, limited in number, aspirational, global in nature and universally applicable to all countries while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities . Knowledge from across the natural and social sciences is needed to develop a thorough understanding of global challenges, to identify, validate and monitor new approaches and technologies and to introduce new green economic models. As consumption accelerates and the world population rises, global sustainability becomes an urgent challenge that needs to be dealt with now. Sustainability science is a vital part of the solutions to the sustainability challenges we face . Sustainability science is emerging as a new academic discipline. As outlined by the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.