Flipping the science model: A roadmap to science missions for sustainability

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An International Science Council’s global commission is calling for a “new way of doing science” to tackle the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The commission released the report Flipping the Science Model: A Roadmap to Science Missions for Sustainability at the High Level Political Forum of the UN in New York today.

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark co-chaired the commission with Irina Bokova, former Director General of UNESCO. It was formed in 2021 following discussion with the global funding community to explore how to accelerate actionable science in relation to the SDGs.

The commission states that progress on the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda is unacceptably slow, and there is a need to fund and undertake science for the SDGs differently if we are to put humanity and the planet back on a path towards long-term global sustainability.

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