By Dr. David Smith, Chair, SDSN Caribbean; Director, Centre for Environmental  Management, The University of the West Indies; and member of the Independent Group of Scientists

In 2015, the countries of the world agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals, a global effort to end poverty and hunger by 2030. The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) 2019 is being prepared by an independent group of experts, to “provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development.” The GSDR is intended to bring a solid science and evidence base to support the policies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It is an official input to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, the main United Nations platform for political leadership and guidance on sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Independent Group of Scientists (IGS) is looking for good data and evidence on progress towards the Goals, solutions to development problems, and innovative ideas that could improve human development around the globe.  If you have cases, studies, publications, or papers that you think can help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the IGS is asking you to submit them by December 1, 2017, through an online GSDR2019 submission portal. Please ensure that your submission(s) are supported by short abstracts or descriptions, and relevant to one of the following four major areas:

  • interactions among SDGs and their targets,
  • transformation pathways towards sustainable development,
  • looking beyond the SDGs (major issues identified by research which are not explicitly taken into account in the SDGs), and
  • the role of science for sustainable development.

Contributions will be acknowledged in the GSDR, and the IGS hopes that many SDSN member institutions and partners will contribute to this important exercise! To begin, please follow this link to the online submission portal or see the GSDR2019 website for more information.