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Evidence-Based Policies to Respond to Emerging Social Challenges: Side Event at the Commission for Social Development

Date: 12 Feb 2020

  • Time: 13.15 - 14.30
  • Location: Conference Room 12, United Nations Headquarters, New York City, USA
  • Counterpart(s): UNESCO, UN DESA

Evidence-Based Policies to Respond to Emerging Social Challenges: Side Event at the Commission for Social Development
With only ten years left to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, there is an urgent need for accelerated action. Yet despite some progress, a slew of barriers to sustainable development persist: poverty, inequalities, social exclusion, lack of social protection, gender disparities, youth un- and under-employment, demographic changes and inadequate social policy responses to them, social unrest, and so on.

Speakers at this official side event at the fifty-eighth session of the Commission for Social Development will make the case that innovation and more engagement between policy makers and academia are an essential component of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We need quality research and disaggregated data to know who are excluded, disadvantaged, where they live, and what their specific needs are, in order to formulate policy interventions that have real impacts.

Guiding questions for discussions at this side event are:
  1. Which types of research do we need, in which areas, and how can research results be tailored to the needs of policy makers?
  2. What are the existing gaps policy makers consider to be major concerns and where could research findings contribute the most?
  3. How can evidence-based policy making ensure that everyone is included in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Copenhagen Programme of Action?
  4. What needs to be done to raise awareness of the importance of, and enhance the relevance of, universities and social science research results for evidence-based policy making at the global and national levels?

  • Lynne M. Healy, Main Representative to the UN, International Association of Schools of Social Work; Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut School of Social Work (Moderator)
  • Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Inclusive Social Development, UNDESA (via video link)
  • Jon Christian Møller, Counsellor/Police Adviser, Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations
  • Pedro Conceição, Director, UNDP Human Development Report
  • Paul Ladd, Director, UNRISD
  • Christina Behrendt, Head of the Social Policy Unit, ILO Social Protection Department
  • Cecilie Golden, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme

This event is open to UN badge holders.

UNRISD is pleased to co-host this event with the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) at UN DESA, and the Intergovernmental Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme at UNESCO.