Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking

Sustainable Development Goals


IAP for Policy, in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), and with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), completed a three year project framed around the global science community’s contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The advent of the SDGs provides an important opportunity to examine the landscape of global scientific advice and identify approaches that have been successful as well as gaps and opportunities for improvement.

This project, led by a working group co-chaired by Professor LI Jinghai, former Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Eva Alisic, Senior Research Fellow at Monash University and past co-chair of the Global Young Academy, developed a framework for action to strengthen the global science-policy interface and facilitate productive collaboration and adoption of best practices among the organizations that generate scientific advice. 




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In an increasingly complex world, with an unprecedented pace of social, political and technological change, and ever-mounting social, economic and environmental pressures, it has become imperative to review merit-based academies and their role in society. This thinkpiece explores how learned academies (of any discipline of scholarship) can adapt to better support a variety of demands and be vital, relevant organisations in the 21st century.

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An article by Song Jianlan (CAS) on IAP's SDG project 'Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking: Strategies for Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals'.

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Article by Feng, Kai (CAS) and Tracey Elliott (IAP) reporting on the progress made so far in the SDG project. Originally published in the bulletin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) project “Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking” is now mid-way through its three-year programme and we’re pleased to report its progress to-date. Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the project aims to:

  • raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially amongst the academies;
  • explore opportunities to support SDGs more effectively, with a focus on how the academies can play their part systemically;
  • encourage collaboration and adoption of good practice among organizations that generate scientific advice and support.

CAS Member Prof. LI Jinghai (Vice President of ICSU) and Eva Alisic (former Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy) are co-chairing a dynamic group of international experts, nominated by IAP members, the Global Young Academy and ICSU. They are all dedicated to helping academies, whether senior or young, established or new, to better play their part in science advisory systems at national, regional and global levels, and to support the UN’s Agenda 2030. 

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Early in the project, the Working Group undertook a survey of senior and young academies in order to inform the project on the roles, current status, and goals of academies of science, medicine, and engineering in implementing and supporting the SDGs.

Over the fall and winter of 2016-2017 the secretariat distributed the survey to members of IAP-Science, IAP-Health, and the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technical Sciences, as well as to young academies and the Global Young Academy, and followed up by telephone or Skype with several academies. Eighty-eight out of approximately 150 academies responded. The secretariat compiled the results and work is ongoing to develop complementary resources including a searchable database of all SDG-relevant reports that academies have published since 2014 and a brief guide, tailored to academies, on supporting the SDGs. These resources will be available to all academies and other interested parties soon.

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