The InterAcademy Council (IAP for Research) recently launched a report on “Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Merit-Based Academies” (view here). The report sets out why and how merit-based academies can support the UN SDGs nationally, regionally and globally. It is a product of the IAP-Research project “Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking”, of which GYA member Eva Alisic (Australia) is co-chair.
“Academies and academic societies can provide a wealth of research expertise and insight, which is underutilised at the moment. They can serve as independent sources of peer-reviewed knowledge, as champions of evidence-informed policymaking, and as mentors for younger generations of scientists. Young academies have recently published a statement showing their commitment to the SDGs, they can play an important role here.” – Eva Alisic
The report was developed following a survey of IAP members, National Young Academies and Global Young Academy (GYA) members (from Nov 2016 – March 2017). Young academies played a substantial role in the development of this guide, not only through the input and expert review provided in the survey, but also in panel discussions at the recent Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies in Johannesburg .
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) is a global network of science, medical, and engineering academies that work together to support the role of science in seeking solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.