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From Science to Practice! Research And Knowledge To Achieve The SDGs

Date: 29 Mar - 1 Apr 2021

From Science to Practice! Research And Knowledge To Achieve The SDGs
Transforming research and knowledge into progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

Last autumn several partners from International Geneva created a new channel through which research and knowledge from the local ecosystem can amplify its impact on global policy making.

Our Evidence Boxes collected contributions on three key themes for the acceleration and success of progress on the global goals: Human well-being and capabilities; Sustainable and just economies; and Food systems and nutrition patterns. Respondents also shared their experience with science-policy-practice interactions. Many types of evidence were received, from peer-reviewed studies and review articles to case studies and stories, covering the local, national, regional and global levels.

Our team is synthesizing the evidence submitted into papers on these themes. They are also looking at where the new information stands in relation to the currently understood state-of-the-art knowledge. Does it confirm existing trends, or offer a different picture?

Why not join us for this open consultation to find out? We’d like to share the findings with you, and get your feedback as well. The papers will then be revised in the light of the meeting conversations, and prepared for distribution and discussion by policy decision makers at the High-Level Political Forum in New York (or HLPF, the main UN body reviewing progress on the SDGs).

Event details

→ The full programme is available here

📅 Human Well-Being and Capabilities
29 March
14:00-16:00 CET
Good health, clean environments, freedom from poverty and protection from discrimination—enabled by strong democratic institutions and peaceful societies—are essential for realizing the capabilities of all people. Achieving this vision as set out in the 2030 Agenda will require an integrated, evidence-based and interdisciplinary approach. This report on human well-being and capabilities harnesses research from International Geneva to support this global effort.
  • Sophie Plagerson
    Independent Consultant
  • Patricio Cuevas-Parra
    World Vision International
  • Paola Ballon
    Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University
  • Thomas Biersteker
    The Graduate Institute

✏️ With a workshop segment facilitated by Maria Isabelle Wieser, Think Tank Hub Geneva, foraus

📑 Read the draft paper on Human Well-Being and Capabilities

📅 Sustainable and Just Economies
30 March
14:00-16:00 CET

Economic systems that promote an equitable distribution of benefits to the whole population—regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, citizenship status, or any other characteristic—and growth that preserves rather than profits off of the natural environment, are essential for building a more just, more sustainable world. This report draws on research from International Geneva to explore how to build sustainable and just economies, providing evidence-based recommendations for policy makers.
  • Joachim Monkelbaan
    Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) in Geneva
  • Denison Jayasooria
    Asian Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC)
  • Marianna Leite
    Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law - University of Coimbra
  • Raymond Saner
    Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND)

✏️ With a workshop segment facilitated by Kali Taylor, SDG Lab

📑 Read the draft paper on Sustainable and Just Economies

📅 Food Systems and Nutrition Patterns
31 March
14:00-16:00 CET

Ending hunger and malnutrition requires a transition to a sustainable global food system that minimizes environmental impacts, is resilient to shocks, and ensures all people equal access to a healthy diet, now and in the future. This report on food systems and nutrition patters harnesses research from International Geneva in order to inform policy decisions towards this objective.
  • Neetu Choudhary
    Amity University Patna (India), Arizona State University
  • Kiah Smith
    The University of Queensland
  • Mary Ng’endo Kanui
    International Rice Research Institute
  • Ahmad Mukhtar

✏️ With a workshop segment facilitated by Jorge Tamayo, SDSN Switzerland

📑 Read the draft paper on Food Systems and Nutrition Patterns

📅 Towards 2030: Navigating Complexity and Information Overload in Decision Making
1 April
14:00-16:00 CET

In 2020, more than 100,000 academic articles were published on Covid-19. The public, the media and civil society also covered the issue. Yet, international and national decision makers need to make decisions under time constraints and uncertainty. The problem is not just the speed of knowledge synthesis, it is also about how decision makers deal with the uncertainty that comes with such stressful situations. In this session, participants will learn about the current knowledge on how best to navigate complexity and information overload, based on behavioural insights to strengthen decision making.
  • Nicolas Seidler
    Geneva Science-Policy Interface (GSPI)
  • Chiara Varazzani
  • Maxime Stauffer
    Geneva Science-Policy Interface (GSPI)
  • Jill Rutter
    Institute for Government, United Kingdom
  • Priyanka Saksena
    WHO, Tunisia
  • David Mair
    European Commission's Joint Research Centre
  • Moira Faul

Special session organized by the Geneva Science-Policy Interface

The meeting took place online for two hours each day to enable global participation. Each day featured the presentation of one main paper, short case study presentations and discussion, as well as small group workshops to delve into feedback and questions.

Organizing Partners

This project is coordinated by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the Geneva Science-Policy Interface (GSPI), the Think Tank Hub, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland and the SDG Lab, and funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Funding Partner