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From Science To Practice: Research And Knowledge To Achieve The SDGs

  • Project from: 2020 to 2021


Help transform research and knowledge from International Geneva into progress on global development goals.

Geneva is a thriving ecosystem home to a world-class concentration of academic institutes, think tanks, NGOs and international organizations conducting groundbreaking policy-relevant research. Following a series of events exploring how science can be translated into policy and action, a consortium of Geneva-based institutions is creating a new channel through which research and knowledge from International Geneva can amplify its impact on global policy making. By participating in this project, the evidence you create can directly reach governments and policy makers at the High-Level Political Forum in New York (or HLPF, the main UN body reviewing progress on the SDGs), influencing critical political decision-making processes.

Here's how it works:

1.You submit your work to our evidence box.September - November 2020
2.Our team synthesizes the evidence submitted into three
papers and we discuss them with you at a meeting in Geneva.
Early 2021
3.The final outputs are fed into the 2021 New York HLPF.July 2021

Sound interesting? Read on for more detail.


The background


In 2021, the HLPF will review progress made towards the following Goals:
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Goal 12: Responsible production and consumption
Goal 13: Climate action
Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

The theme for the 2021 HLPF will be:
    Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: Building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

The United Nations Secretary-General has called for a Decade of Action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.


The evidence box


Grouping these SDGs into three entry points previously defined by the Independent Group of Scientists in their 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report, The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development, we are asking you to submit your research to our evidence box, choosing one of the three entry points:

Entry point 1 – Human well-being and capabilities



Entry point 2 – Sustainable and just economies



Entry point 3 – Food systems and nutrition patterns



The SDGs are clustered in this way to help explore the most important linkages and interdependencies between the Goals. Gender equality, climate action and partnerships are included in all three clusters as they are important to all.


Science-policy-practice interactions


In addition to receiving your evidence in these thematic areas, we are interested in knowing how the science in this area—including your own—influences or interacts with policy and practice. How do you share your evidence with policy and practice actors? Which tools or networks do you use? Is it effective? Why or why not? Sharing your insights on those questions will help improve our understanding of how to better bridge science and policy, and remedy challenges that are inherent to that interface.

All types of evidence are welcome: peer-reviewed quantitative, qualitative and mixed method studies, review articles, as well as case studies and stories, covering the local, national, regional and global levels.


The evidence box will be open from 21 September to 30 November 2020.


What happens next?


The evidence submitted will be synthesized in three papers that assess this new information against the currently understood state-of-the-art knowledge. Does it confirm existing trends or offer a different picture? Does it suggest new avenues for research?

These three papers will be presented and discussed at a meeting in Geneva in early 2021. This meeting will also have a dedicated track on the links from science to policy and practice, drawing on your contributions.

Dissemination and outreach activities later in 2021—including seminars in Geneva and New York—will engage with the broader HLPF audience.

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