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Science and the post-2015 development agenda

1 August 2013

Science and the post-2015 development agenda

As 2015 gets closer, the UN plans to extend the good work started with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000. Policy-makers at the heart of this post-2015 agenda want evidence-based policy, and civil society groups are outlining their visions. But so far, most scientists have been absent from the debate.

What do scientists and innovators need to do to ensure that their insights are both usable and used. Are those involved in UK science funding and policy collectively doing enough for scientists to deliver what is required by the post-2015 development framework?

The PolicyLab

To answer, UKCDS organised a PolicyLab discussion with the Royal Society, SciDev.Net and the British Council. The discussion was chaired by Sir John Beddington, former UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser and UKCDS Fellow. Other panel members included Amina J Mohammed, who is Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on post-2015 development planning; Dominic Haslam, a Steering Committee Member for the BOND Beyond 2015 UK Group and Director of Policy and Strategic Programme Support at Sightsavers, and Duncan Green, a Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam.

Connecting the science to the post-2015 process will ensure solutions are relevant and effective - both nationally and internationally

UKCDS believes that bringing together the relevant stakeholders from funding, research and policy will help achieve a more coordinated approach to the development of the post-2015 agenda. Science has an immediate role to play and by stimulating collaboration around this agenda, UKCDS is working to ensure science is used to benefit international development.

You can read our joint report on the event here.


Read the most recent report of the Secretary-General; A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015


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