Scientific Community Must Participate In U.N.’s SDG Process

Nature: Policy: Five priorities for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
Yonglong Lu, professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciencesk, and colleagues

“This week, the United Nations is deliberating in New York how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it will launch formally in September. Science must be at the heart of its plans. … We lay out five priorities for how the scientific community should participate in this process, based on the findings of a scientific review of the draft SDGs conducted by the International Council for Science (ICSU). … Devise metrics … Establish monitoring mechanisms … Evaluate progress … Enhance infrastructure … Standardize and verify data…” (4/20).