Science for Global Impact

The scientific community has a key role to play in addressing contemporary global challenges. Not only can scientists help better diagnose complex problems and address existing knowledge gaps; they also have a wealth of tools and methods to support evidence-based solution-finding, decision-making, planning, policy and programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation of impact.

Science for Global Impact, Geneva Science Policy Interface

Engaging the scientific community in producing evidence and knowledge at the pace and scale where change needs to happen is critical, but not straightforward. Funding schemes and operational timeframes; concepts and approaches; mindsets and behaviours; and methods and perspectives from the policy, the implementation and the scientific community do not automatically align unless specific engagement mechanisms and incentives are put in place. In that context, science-policy interfaces have become legitimate models of engagement that can be engineered to cultivate a more dynamic relationship between science and policy.

International Geneva is a key location to test and improve collaborative models of this kind.The exceptional density of global governance stakeholders forms a unique ecosystem which enables the cross-fertilisation of ideas and approaches, across a variety of fields: humanitarian action, human rights, migration, environment, sustainability, climate change, global health, peace, security, disarmament, education, and technological governance.

The creation of the Geneva Science-Policy Interface (GSPI), led by a Board of leading research institutions, aims to further the understanding and collaboration between global governance actors, practitioners and scientists from all disciplines within the International Geneva ecosystem.

United Nations Organisation, Geneva Science Policy Interface