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There is increasing recognition that intervention against a critical set of sustainability challenges must occur rapidly and without delay. Delayed intervention is likely to require proportionately greater resources, while yielding reduced effectiveness.
The level of ambition and aggressive timeframes of the 2030 Agenda, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework, along with other related sustainability initiatives, will require agility, responsiveness and increasingly compressed lifecycles for research, innovation and commercialization of solutions.
The presence of numerous incomplete pathways to sustainability requires effective coordination in solving inter-disciplinary challenges relating to strengthening resiliency of essential infrastructure and services while building institutional and technology bridges to desired future goal-states. The profile of challenges varies considerably between contexts, requiring localization and tailoring to ensure appropriately targeted strategies and solutions.
Stakeholders will need to coordinate action from local to global scales to an unprecedented degree in order to achieve whole-of-society transformation. This will require significantly higher levels of integration and collaborative action between public administration, private enterprise, research institutions, and international and civil society organizations, especially across widely-varying and spatially dispersed but functionally interconnected regional or local contexts. This is particularly the case when addressing the underlying trade-offs and synergies that arise when planning and allocating constrained resources toward attainment of specific sustainability goals.
Stakeholders will require incentives, tools, training and support to adapt to new responsibilities. Educational and professional training systems will need to prepare successive generations of learners and workforce participants with the knowledge and skills required to implement an ambitious transformative agenda.
Resolving the key sustainability challenges will require effective capacity to control and manage the inherent complexity involved in restructuring and transitioning systems. Managing complexity and coordinating effectively will require significantly higher levels of standardization across institutions, specifically in terms of management systems and information resources and technologies.
Stakeholders require a mature, stable conceptual framework to provide the necessary degree of standardization required to effectively address the range of challenges in a systematic, replicable and scalable manner, including strengthening their own institutional capacities to effectively govern and manage complex, dynamic, evolving and interdependent networks of ecosystems, populations, habitats and infrastructure; organizations, services and markets; systems of production, exchange, distribution, consumption and recycling; and a rapidly growing variety and number of technical, cyberphysical and digital resources.
The program aims to establish a stable, well-validated reference framework that can scale across multiple geospatial contexts and support rapid localization and tailoring to effectively support well-coordinated assessment, planning, implementation, operations and transitioning as part of necessary systems change at community and regional scales globally.
The framework is intended to serve as a conceptually-sound yet pragmatic and operationally-oriented meta-framework for integration and implementation of multiple domain-independent and domain-specific frameworks as part of evolving information infrastructure and knowledge services systems.
The program aims to accelerate globalized scale-out of knowledge services systems and markets, and the framework strategy promotes the use of standardized knowledge models and modeling tools, services and resources for design and use of complex assemblies of physical, spatial, abstract, virtual and hybrid cyberphysical contexts and resource models, enabling and promoting enhanced knowledge and semantic systems integration across governance and management domains.
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