Public consultation: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Posted on Jan 25, 2021 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Public consultation: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Members of the Astrobiology Society of Britain are invited to contribute to a public consultation on the relevance of science to sustainable development goals (SDGs). 

OSDG is a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), SDG AI Lab, PPMI, and a community of researchers led by Dr. Nuria Bautista Puig. 

In Q1-Q2 of 2021 a large-scale exercise will be launched with the help of OSDG volunteers who will assess the relevance of different research fields to SDGs. This will provide valuable feedback on the boundaries of SDG-related research, and the level of consensus among different stakeholders. 

More information is available on the OSDG website:

Why astrobiology?  

There is great demand from within the UN system, as well as funders and policymakers, to benchmark their progress in achieving SDGs. SDG data are increasingly used to monitor research and in discussions related to funding priorities. With the participation of the UNDP SDG AI lab, and high demand from the UN and funders, OSDG has the potential to become a widely used tool by key stakeholders. 

There are many research areas whose relevance to SDGs is still poorly understood. The risk is that some disciplines may be incorrectly assigned to SDGs, or left out altogether. That’s why this consultation is being launched.

What’s next?

If you agree to join the OSDG consultation, you could do one of the following: 

  • Contact the OSDG team at and arrange a call to answer your questions and discuss the next steps.  
  • Or, disseminate the call to your researchers via email and/or social media channels. 

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