ICSU paper on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) published by Nature

ICSU asserts that the best interdisciplinary research should underpin the development of goals, targets and indicators at global, regional and national levels.

At the Rio+20 United Nations conference in June 2012, the world’s governments agreed to produce a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the next 2 years, governments will work to develop these goals.

ICSU is the Co-organising Partner for the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group for Rio + 20 and follow-up at the United Nations. ICSU seeks to convince governments of the need to utilise the best possible interdisciplinary scientific knowledge in this process, and aims to work with leading scientists and organisations, including the Future Earth community, to ensure that the best possible scientific knowledge is mobilised for the process.

In this article, ICSU argues that the SDGs must be based on science.


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