UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series

  • img-PB3UNU-IAS Policy Briefs present analysis and policy recommendations for addressing sustainability challenges, in a short and accessible format. The series aims to inform high-level policymaking and debates, enhancing research uptake and providing actionable recommendations for decision-makers at the global, national and local levels.

    Each policy brief is the result of UNU-IAS research within the institute’s four thematic areas: governance for sustainable development, biodiversity & society, water & resource management, and innovation & education. Launched in 2015, the series is designed to complement more in-depth UNU-IAS academic publications such as journal articles, books and working papers. An external peer review process engages both scholars and policymakers to ensure quality, accuracy and added value.

    This publication series is a key initiative for the policy development role that is at the core of the UNU-IAS mandate. It recognizes that strengthening links between research and policymaking is critical to advancing global sustainability, as emphasised in global agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    All UNU-IAS Policy Briefs are available to read and download through UNU Collections.


    Latest Policy Briefs


    Accelerating 2030 Agenda Integration: Aligning National Development Plans with the Sustainable Development Goals

    No. 25, 2021

    This brief presents findings and recommendations on aligning national development plans with the SDGs. It identifies how the SDGs can be harnessed to mainstream sustainable development principles and accelerate localisation of the 2030 Agenda. It draws on analysis of national planning in six countries in Asia and the Pacific, East Africa, and the Middle East. Authored by Tarek Katramiz and Mahesti Okitasari, the brief is an output of the project Governance for Sustainable Development.

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    Transformative Change for Sustainability: Nurturing Seeds of Change in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes & Seascapes

    No. 24, 2021

    This brief provides recommendations for advancing transformative change in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) — areas where sustainable production activities and resource management can result in societies in harmony with nature. It identifies effective methodologies, building on local innovations fostered through adaptive co-management, to build social-ecological resilience. It is authored by Maiko Nishi, Suneetha M. Subramanian, and Himangana Gupta.

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    Transforming Water Conflicts into Collaborative Watershed Management Solutions — Lessons from the Greater Himalayan Region

    No. 23, 2021

    This UNU-IAS Policy Brief focuses on transforming water conflicts into collaborative watershed management solutions. It provides recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders concerned with addressing such conflicts through a multi-stakeholder approach in which the role of local experts is prioritised. It is authored by Giulia Roder, Saroj Kumar Chapagain, Tarek Katramiz, Geetha Mohan, Binaya Kumar Mishra, and Kensuke Fukushi.

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