UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series

Overview
  • 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

    Strengthening Wastewater Monitoring and Surveillance for COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases

    No. 31, 2022

    This brief offers recommendations for scaling up wastewater surveillance as a cost-effective strategy for early detection and monitoring of infectious diseases. Focusing on low- and middle-income countries, it identifies the main challenges and opportunities for integrating wastewater surveillance systems into national and regional disease surveillance frameworks. The brief is authored by Geetha Mohan, Sadhana Shrestha, Saroj Kumar Chapagain, Carolyn Payus, and Kensuke Fukushi.

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    Scaling up Microirrigation Technology to Address Water Challenges in Semi-arid South Asia

    No. 30, 2022

    This brief highlights microirrigation as an innovative solution to improve water management and increase agricultural production in South Asia. The authors examine current barriers to large-scale adoption of the technology and provide recommendations to facilitate implementation. Written by Geetha Mohan, Ranjeeta Mishra, A Amarender Reddy, Hirotaka Matsuda, Makiko Sekiyama, and Kensuke Fukushi, the brief is an output of the UNU-IAS Water for Sustainable Development project.

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    Harnessing Adequate, Safe, and Affordable Housing for the Urban Poor to Achieve the SDGs in Cities

    No. 29, 2021

    This brief examines the direct and indirect linkages between adequate, safe, and affordable housing (SDG 11) and other SDGs. The authors draw on recent literature and best practices in Asia and the Pacific to offer recommendations on strengthening these interlinkages in efforts to meet the Global Goals. Written by Mahesti Okitasari, Ranjeeta Mishra, Hiromi Masuda, and Masachika Suzuki, the brief is an output of the UNU-IAS Governance for Sustainable Development project.

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