2016•08•05 New York
On 20 July 2016, the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) organised an official side event on “The Role of the Science–Policy Interface for the National Implementation of the 2030 Agenda” at the 2016 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York. The session brought together scholars working on global governance and the UN system to share their perspectives and insights.
The event opened with an introduction of the recently published UNU-IAS report Building Blocks for the Institutional Architecture of the SDGs Science–Policy Interface, which sets out five building blocks (models) for the science–policy interface to effectively implement the 2030 Agenda. The report also offers suggestions for a practicable science–policy interface to increase policy-relevant academic input into the Global Sustainable Development Report that aims to inform HLPF deliberations and examine evidence-based policy options.
Three other speakers — from the University of Massachusetts, International Institute for Sustainable Development, and Manhattan College — ,then reflected on their research against the backdrop of the recent proposals discussed at the HLPF. This was followed by a panel discussion that emphasized, in particular, the necessity to avoid creating an interface that places greater importance on the process than on the product.