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The SDSN Report “An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development” was cited in the recent article “The Science of Sustainability” by Christopher Dye and Marcia McNutt in Science. 

Dye and McNutt compare the SDSN report to the report of the High Level Panel (“A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development“), saying “Both reports list the eradication of poverty as the number-one priority and set out complementary goals concerned with gender equality, education, health, food, water and sanitation, climate change, energy, employment, natural resources, governance, peace, and finance.”

Dye and McNutt also make the case that building research capacity around the world should be considered in the post-2015 agenda. “The two reports present a vast landscape of research possibilities. Research priorities must emerge from a global debate involving scientists, private investors, public funding agencies, and policy-makers, without forgetting the people who might benefit from the research. A guiding research agenda could stimulate fresh ideas and perhaps give renewed impetus to old ones. It would help strengthen research capacity around the world, fostering new institutions and networks, training high-caliber researchers, and generating data, ideally as an open and shared resource. It would also bring a responsibility, or at least an opportunity, to translate research results into action.”