Call for contributions to the UN Global Sustainable Development Report 2015

With the establishment of the UN High–level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2012, Governments have created — for the first time — an entry point for scientists across the world to be heard at the highest levels of the United Nations — the General Assembly. Scientists and researchers are invited to provide inputs for the 2015 edition of the Global Sustainable Development Report, which will be presented to the HLPF, by 20 January 2015. They are invited to submit briefs that highlight research findings or solutions relating to sustainable development. One chapter of the 2015 Report will be dedicated to these contributions.This is your unique opportunity to bring scientific issues to the attention of policy makers! Do not miss it!

Bring your science issues and solutions to the attention of policymakers and participate in a conversation with them!

A unique opportunity

With the establishment of the UN High–level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2012, Governments have created — for the first time — an entry point for scientists across the world to be heard at the highest levels of the United Nations — the General Assembly. This is your unique opportunity to bring scientific issues to the attention of policy makers! Do not miss it!

UN High–level Political Forum and the Global Sustainable Development Report

Governments established the High–level Political Forum (HLPF) with the mandate to provide political guidance on sustainable development. They decided that the forum should strengthen the science–policy interface by examining documentation, bringing together diverse information and assessments, including in the form of a Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), building on existing assessments, and enhancing evidence–based decision–making at all levels. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs prepared a Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) in 2014 which drew upon inputs from a range of stakeholders, including the UN system and members of scientific communities across the world. The preparations for the next Global Sustainable Development Report, to be submitted to the third session of the HLPF in June 2015, are now underway. The present call aims to provide individual scientists and research institutions a unique opportunity to highlight issues, research findings or solutions — in the form of briefs — that they would like to bring to the attention of policy makers. One chapter of the Report will be dedicated to these contributions.

Scope of the call for contributions

By way of general guidance, the briefs should address an issue, finding, or research with a bearing on sustainable development in its three dimensions — economic, social, and environmental — or the inter–linkages between them. Thus the focus could be on the review of up–to–date findings relating to a particular issue, address the single issue of importance, or present solutions to a problem or challenge. It could also present the "story" of a research finding that has great policy relevance but is not typically considered in the policy debate. The briefs are to be factual and based on peer–reviewed literature. Contributions from both the natural and social science communities from all disciplines are highly valued and welcomed.

Requirements

The aim of the briefs is to summarize or highlight the most salient findings or arguments; supporting material can be a separate technical Annex or reference to a supporting research paper. The briefs should be less than 1,500 words. It should be factual and based on peer–reviewed literature. It is recommended to highlight a number of key messages from the current scientific debate for the attention of policy–makers.

As a general guideline, the brief should follow the format of the sample brief on the website (two columns). Tables or figures should all be captioned with source indicated. Text references should be in Harvard Style, i.e. (Author, year) inserted where quoted in the text. Please use footnotes instead of endnotes, for necessary explanations and asides. All references should be listed alphabetically at the end of the brief.

Submission process

The brief (including supporting documents) should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in .doc or .docx format, using email subject GSDR 2015 Science Briefs — [title of the brief]. The deadline for submissions is 20 January 2015. However, interested contributors are invited to submit their briefs as soon as possible.

All briefs that meet basic formatting and quality standards will be posted on the website of the GSDR for an open comment period. Based on the online review process, a sub–set of briefs will be identified from which ideas and material will be drawn for inclusion in the GSDR chapter on newly–arising science issues and solutions for policy–makers.

For more information, please visit: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/gsdr2015.html.

For examples of crowdsourced briefs received from the scientific community to date, please see the following page: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/science/crowdsourcedbriefs