Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Greater integration between science and policy:UN
Top-level political panel has endorsed calls for greater integration of science into all levels of policymaking on sustainable development. Scientists have already welcomed a significant number of references to the importance of science — including calls for better interchange between scientists and policymakers at the UN level — in the first draft of the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which takes place in Brazil in June 2012. Now, a report by the UN Secretary-General's Panel on Global Sustainability gives such calls a greater political weight, and provides guidance on some of the concrete steps that might achieve such objectives. A recently published report 'Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing', makes 56 recommendations, with the importance of science being highlighted throughout.