Broadening the Application of the Sustainability Science Approach

Mathieu Denis, Executive Director of the ISSC, is today participating in the Third Symposium on Sustainability Science held at the UNESCO headquarters. The symposium brings together researchers involved in international sustainability science programmes including Future Earth, representatives of UN and international scientific organizations, research funders, and delegates from UNESCO Member States.

Speaking on a panel on mainstreaming sustainability science in research, Denis stressed that sustainability science required an adequate institutional framework, including capacity building, adequate funding and incentives for researchers. He also noted that due consideration needed to be given to involving non-academic stakeholders in evaluation processes, and to the additional time and resources required to design research in participation with stakeholders, and to ensure that projects meet their real needs. 

The two-day symposium examines how to mainstream sustainability science in research and education, towards the development of a set of guidelines on sustainability science for consideration by UNESCO Member States in the last quarter of 2017.

The “Broadening the Application of the Sustainability Science Approach” projet was initiated by UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector and Social and Human Sciences Sector, together with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan/MEXT) in October 2015. The overall objective of the project is to foster dialogue and disseminate concrete policy messages that will help UNESCO Member States introduce a sustainability science approach in response to global challenges, and in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

See the UNESCO website for more information.