Call for reviewers: 2019 UN Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

Nominations are now being invited for reviewers for the the 2019 Report, which contributes to the follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will provide input to the High Level Political Forum.

The International Science Council (ISC), the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) together invite nominations for reviewers of the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). The GSDR aims to strengthen the science‐policy interface and provide a strong evidence‐based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development.

The reviewers must be nominated by a member organization of the ISC, IAP and/or WFEO and they should be active in relevant research, with an emphasis on trans‐disciplinary approaches and policy expertise. They should also have knowledge of international/UN processes. Reviews should be submitted in English. The reviewers will act in a personal capacity.

UNDESA anticipates that the review period will be 27 February – 27 March 2019. A template for  comments will be provided. Reviewers will be asked to ensure that the approximately 100‐page GSDR:

  • Addresses the most pressing issues identified by research related to achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Achieves a balance between conclusions derived from different disciplines and relevant to achieving the SDGs, and;
  • That the overall balance in the messages being sent by the GSDR reflects a general consensus in the scientific and technological community at large regarding not only the SDG‐related challenges confronting the global community, but also the pathways and levers that can be
    employed to address these challenges.

As the process is aimed at achieving a balance of perspectives and expertise, we would like to encourage our Members to submit nominations taking into account age, gender and geographical balance. More than one nomination can be submitted.

All the proposed reviewers will be invited to review the report; other experts will be sought to participate in the process in order to ensure diversity and representation of expertise.

If you would like to nominate a reviewer, please refer to the information letter and annexes linked below. A completed form (Annex B) should be submitted by 11 February 2019 to

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