IAP for Policy
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Since 2000, the InterAcademy Partnership for Policy, known until 2016 as the InterAcademy Council, has mobilized the best scientists and engineers worldwide to provide high quality, in-depth advice to international organizations and national governments on critical scientific issues. Previous reports have focused on building scientific and technological capacity worldwide; achieving a sustainable energy future; enhancing African agriculture; a review of the processes of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); scientific responsibility in global research; and, most recently, the science community’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Current projects being implemented by IAP-Policy are:

About the IAP for Policy

In May 2000 the world's science academies created the InterAcademy Council to mobilize the best scientists and engineers worldwide to provide high quality advice to international bodies and other organizations. In March 2016, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) was formally launched, bringing together three established networks of academies of science, medicine and engineering, IAP, the global network of science academies, the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) and the InterAcademy Council (IAC). The IAC was then formally renamed IAP for Policy.

Science and technology are fundamental to many critical issues ranging from climate change and genetically modified organisms to the challenge of achieving sustainability. Making wise policy decisions has become increasingly dependent on sound scientific advice.

IAP for Policy is client-driven and works on a project-by-project basis. The organization has developed mechanisms and procedures to guarantee the scientific quality of its reports, the policy-relevance of its recommendations and the absence of regional or national biases. IAP for Policy collaborates closely with its counterparts within the InterAcademy Partnership – IAP for Science and IAP for Health, as well as the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, and the International Council for Science.  The IAP for Policy Secretariat is hosted by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C.

IAP for Policy in Brief

Mobilizing the world's best science to advise decision-makers on issues of global concern

Expert Advice. The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Policy is a multinational organization of science academies created to produce reports on scientific, technological, and health issues related to the global challenges of our time, providing knowledge and advice to national governments and international organizations. Sound scientific, technological, and medical knowledge is fundamental to addressing critical issues facing the world today.

Sharing Knowledge. Since 2004 and under the purview of the IAC, the organization has published seven reports, all of which are available on the InterAcademy Partnership website: www.interacademies.org. After launching as the InterAcademy Partnership in 2016, IAP for Policy released its first report, Doing Global Science: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise.

Global Experience.  IAP for Policy embodies the collective expertise and experience of national academies from all regions of the world. The current twenty two-member Board is composed of presidents of fifteen academies of science and equivalent organizations—representing Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, plus the African Academy of Sciences and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)—two co-chairs from South Africa and the United Kingdom, and representatives of IAP for Science, IAP for Health, and the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS). Official observers on the IAP for Policy Board include the presidents of the International Council for Science (ISC) and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Independent Judgment. When requested to provide advice on a particular issue, IAP for Policy assembles an international committee of experts. Serving on a voluntary basis, committee members meet and review current, cutting-edge knowledge on the topic; and prepare a draft report on its findings, conclusions, and recommendations. All IAP for Policy draft reports undergo an intensive process of peer-review by other international experts. Only when the IAP for Policy Board is satisfied that feedback from the peer review has been thoughtfully considered and incorporated is a final report released to the requesting organization and the public. Every effort is made to ensure that IAP for Policy reports are free from any national or regional bias.

Diversified Funding. IAP for Policy projects are funded by multiple sponsors, including national governments, private foundations, and international organizations. Administrative overhead is covered largely from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the host organization for the IAP for Policy Secretariat. Participating academies contribute not only intellectual resources but also funding for developing new projects and special activities.

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