2019 IAP Conference and General Assembly

Pathways to policy: Science in and for the UN

Dr. Heide Hackmann, CEO, International Science Council (ISC) (Presentation)

More than ever, society needs to be able to rely on the solutions that science can and does contribute to major contemporary global problems. At a time when society is perhaps less likely than ever to listen to science, it is vitally important to ensure that science is effectively integrated in key policy making and implementation plans at all levels of governance.

Given its vision of science as a global public good and its mission to be the global voice for science, the International Science Council (ISC) works to secure a strengthened mandate for science in global policy, with a particular focus on amplifying the impact of science in the UN's post-2015 processes, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the New Urban Agenda. In this regard the Council operates across a number of pathways to policy, of which coordination of the UN Major Group for the International Scientific and Technological Community is one.

The presentation will provide an overview of the ISC's work at the science-policy interface within the UN system, highlighting the challenges  and opportunities for science -and for national academies of science- to provide scientific input, advice and influence within the UN system.