As part of the efforts to improve science-policy interface in the intergovernmental processes on sustainable development at the United Nations, the Global Sustainable Development Report has posted an open call to the scientific community around the world, inviting scientists to submit briefs, highlighting specific issues, findings, or researches with a bearing on sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environment – or their inter-linkages. Briefs could be submitted in any official UN language. They must be factual and based on peer-reviewed literature, focusing on the review of up-to-date findings relating to a particular issue, or presenting solutions to a problem or challenge. Key messages from the current scientific debate must be highlighted for the attention of policy-makers.
In the spirit of transparency, all published briefs are open for public review on this website. If you already know which brief you would like to comment on, use the search function on the right side. Alternatively, feel free to pick a topic of your interest from the tag cloud and browse the collection.
Here are some guiding questions for your comments:
- Scientific: is the brief factual and based on peer-reviewed literature?
- Balanced approach: does it consider a wider range of scientific perspectives? does it reflect economic, social and environmental aspects?
- Novelty: does it present an issue that is typically not adequately considered in the global sustainable development policy debate?
- Effectiveness: does the brief provide useful suggestions for policy makers? does it outline alternative policy options?
- Accessibility: is the brief well-written and easily understandable?
Your comments will be taken into consideration when the editors decide which topics to feature in the relevant chapters of the 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report, which will be reviewed by policy makers at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in June 2015.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the crowd-sourced science briefs do not represent those of the Secretariat of the United Nations. Online publication or dissemination of these briefs does not imply endorsement by the United Nations. The designations employed or terminology used in the briefs concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations. The United Nations reserves the rights to edit, format, distribute and publish the briefs as it deems necessary, including to facilitate public reviewing of the content.