Global Governance Centre
18 December 2020

From Science To Practice: Research And Knowledge To Achieve The SDGs

Geneva is a thriving ecosystem home to a world-class concentration of academic institutes, think tanks, NGOs and international organizations conducting groundbreaking policy-relevant research. 

Following a series of events exploring how science can be translated into policy and action, a consortium of Geneva-based institutions is creating a new channel through which research and knowledge from International Geneva can amplify its impact on global policy making. 

Through this project, the evidence can directly reach governments and policy makers at the High-Level Political Forum in New York (or HLPF, the main UN body reviewing progress on the SDGs), influencing critical political decision-making processes.


How it works

Research can be submitted to an evidence box by choosing one of three thematic entry points: 1) Human well-being and capabilities, 2) Sustainable and just economies, 3) Food systems and nutrition patterns.

Additionally, contributors can share how the science in this area influences or interacts with policy and practice. This can help improve our understanding of how to better bridge science and policy, and remedy challenges that are inherent to that interface.

All types of evidence are welcome: peer-reviewed quantitative, qualitative and mixed method studies, review articles, as well as case studies and stories, covering the local, national, regional and global levels.


Next steps

The evidence box will be open until 31 December 2020. Evidence submitted will be synthesized in three papers that assess this new information, which will then be presented and discussed at a meeting in Geneva in early 2021. Dissemination and outreach activities later in 2021—including seminars in Geneva and New York—will engage with the broader HLPF audience.


Organizing partners


The Global Governance Centre sits on the advisory committee for this project, which is coordinated by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the Geneva Science Policy Interface (GSPI), the Think Tank Hub, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland and the SDG Lab, and funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).