July 9, 2019

International Meeting Explores How to Fund Science for Sustainability

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lays out a range of ambitious goals for global development, from achieving food security to combating climate change to making the world’s cities sustainable. Advances in science and technology will need to play a critical role in meeting these challenges.  How can organizations that fund science target and coordinate their efforts in ways that speed progress toward these goals?

An international meeting convened by the International Science Council (ISC) and hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences this week tackled that question, as representatives from over 90 science funders – development agencies, private foundations, governments – gathered to develop a shared vision of how science can help achieve the goals. Sessions explored challenges faced by science systems in striving to meet sustainable development goals, how strategic partnerships can help navigate these challenges, and how to maximizing the impact of research investments.