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ICSU is looking for experts to review a draft report on enhanced understanding of interactions across the Sustainable Development Goals

Deadline for registration: November 14, 2016 

International Council for Science logoThe International Council for Science is leading the preparation of a report on interactions across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to be published early 2017. The report aims to provide a tool for scientists, policymakers and practitioners to explore how the SDGs puzzle fits together and how it can be implemented following an integrated approach. It builds upon the Review of targets for the Sustainable Developments Goals: the science perspective published in early 2015. The report will demonstrate how to better analyze and understand SDG interactions by applying a seven-point scale typology that characterizes the range of positive and negative interactions that can occur between targets and goals, and additional dimensions such as governance, geography or technology. The scale was published in June 2016 as part of an ICSU working paper “A draft framework for understanding SDG interactions” with an accompanying commentary in Nature by Nilsson et al.

The report will present a focused analysis of key interactions of four of the 17 goals: SDG 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture), SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages), SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and SDG 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development), as defined by UN Member States in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For each of these four SDGs, the authors identify key interactions with other goals and targets, analyse the nature of these interactions and the contexts in which they typically occur using the proposed framework, provide location-specific examples, identify key knowledge gaps and provide recommendations for policy-makers on how synergies and trade-offs may best managed. The report is not conceived as a comprehensive assessment of interactions but rather intended to demonstrate the added value of applying the proposed framework for identifying and managing synergies and trade-offs and promoting an integrated approach to the implementation of the SDGs. For the four case studies presented, the respective authors have drawn on and synthesized existing literature.

Four partner organizations are involved in the development of the individual SDG chapters: the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), the United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research together with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (GEOMAR and IASS).

ICSU is looking for scientists with expertise spanning several SDGs to peer review part of or the full report between November 2016 and January 2017. Reviewers should have: (i) broad knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and understanding of the process that led to their definition, (ii) specific expertise in at least one of the SDG areas covered in the report (agriculture and nutrition, health, energy, oceans) and the interplay between economic, social and environmental dimensions within these. Individual SDG chapters are about 30 pages each. Reviewers will not be remunerated. Specific template and guidelines for review will be provided.

To register your interest to review a chapter or the full report, please fill in the online form https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PHQLS72

If you have questions, please contact anne-sophie [dot] stevance [at] icsu [dot] org