Chapter 1: The science-policy interface

The objective of this chapter is to identify elements relating to the science-policy interface (SPI) that are relevant to Member States within the broader context of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF), and in particular with regard to policy coherence, integration and implementation of sustainable development. The chapter will identify important issues related to the SPI that the HLPF and the GSDR may want to address in the future. It will highlight two issues in more details: i) the coverage of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) areas by existing international assessments; and ii) some linkages between the international and national levels of SPI. The chapter’s content will rely on: crowdsourcing data from scientific and policy networks, a literature review, and inputs from UN agencies.

Key questions to be addressed:

  • What critical issues are relevant to intergovernmental discussions on science-policy interface for sustainable development?
  • What is the coverage of the sustainable development goals by existing international assessments?
  • How well are national and international science-policy interfaces linked together?
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