UN MGCY Statement
High-Level Political Forum
12 July 2016
Session 7: Science-policy interface: New ideas, insights, and solutions
Link to Statement:
2016 HLPF – UN MGCY Statement in Session 7
Thank you madame chair and all panelists. I am speaking on behalf of the Major group for Children and Youth.
With the increase of need for science, technology, and innovation in our society, we recognize that youth involvement plays a critical role to achieve the 2030 agenda. Without science we will not be able to build the world we want and sustain it for future generations. Young scientists and engineers all over the world are already stepping up to this position to make changes in order to make the world a cleaner, safer, and better place.
The deeply rooted, pre-existing hierarchical structure of governance especially in the national and local levels often hinders the engagement of young scientists. It is important to make their ideas come alive and get their voices heard by providing adequate space for them to contribute.
If youth is the future, then investment and involvement of the youth in Science Policy Interface (SPI) is necessary. SPIs have been integral in identifying emerging priorities, drawing links between the interconnected nature of thematic issues and devising solutions to address challenges and barriers to progress. This provides the foundation for empirically‐based policies, facilitates the use of science as an enabler in policy implementation, and provides a unique scientific lens into monitoring impact. The major group for children and youth-Youth Science Policy Interface Platform was launched in January 2016 as an effort to make space for young scientists around the globe with various backgrounds to promote interdisciplinary and inter-generational collaboration in building a sustainable, resilient society.
Even though we have the network and eager youth who wish to be involved, institutional space for young people to conduct scientific and technological research is lacking. The role of young scientists in contribution to SPI is still not only vague, but also very rare. We would like to end with two questions: How do you see the position of youth in SPI in order to achieve the SDGs and how can we provide more institutional settings for the youth to increase their involvement?
Additional Talking Points:
-Institutionalized space for young scientists – STI Forum, 10-member group on TFM, etc.
-Filling the gap when transitioning from the annual to quadrennial GSDR – avoiding dilution of the SPI in HLPF
-Increased support, funding opportunities, networking, and conducive space for research, innovation, and young scientist training.
-Building coherence between the SPI components throughout the UN system for increased synergy, especially for evidence-based policy making and diverse application of technologies. Reporting on SPI roadmaps in national reviews.
-Technology impact assessments, role of formal/informal knowledge systems.
-Science education and communication.