We need to urgently redouble efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Business-as-usual approaches – to science and science funding – are no longer appropriate to this massively complex and urgent challenge. Effective action will require broad and bold engagement, and commitment, from science funders, but also from the decisionmakers and influencers in governments, in the private sector and in civil society. The international funding community is ready for the challenge and has requested the International Science Council to lead on the development of a process to convene the necessary voices, jointly designing the way forward. This report is an input into that process It is intended as a strawman, to disrupt our thinking and to inspire ambitious and achievable outcomes.
A Synthesis of Research Gaps
The intention of this particular synthesis is to identify, on the basis of a careful analysis of the literature, research areas and themes that can make particularly significant scientific contributions towards implementation of the SDGs in the next decade.
Global data programme with Swiss participation
Christine Choirat has been selected as a member of the Scientific Committee of the World Data System (WDS), which is a body of the International Science Council (ISC) that associates over 140 national and regional science bodies as well as more than 40 international scientific unions.Image: Christine Choirat