UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series

  • UNU-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

    Supporting Vulnerable Populations in the Transition to Net Zero Emissions: Priorities for Developed Countries

    No. 35, 2022

    This brief puts forward recommendations for an inclusive transition to a net zero society through enhancing support for vulnerable people. Focusing on access to clean energy, it provides guidance for policymakers on strengthening incentives and support measures for people at high risk of energy poverty to ensure equal access to decarbonised technologies and practices. The brief is authored by Akio Takemoto, Apolline Cros, Masachika Suzuki, and Upalat Korwatanasakul.

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    The Biodiversity–Health–Sustainability Nexus: Integrated Solutions from Landscapes & Seascapes

    No. 34, 2022

    This brief offers recommendations on implementing nexus approaches for transformative change towards sustainability — ways of advancing integrated solutions across multiple sectors. Drawing from strategies used in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS), the brief elucidates interlinkages between biodiversity and human well-being to guide policymakers in applying solutions for policy coherence, such as One Health. It is authored by Maiko Nishi, Suneetha M. Subramanian, and Himangana Gupta.

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    Information & Communications Technology Solutions for Environmental Issues in the Greater Mekong Subregion

    No. 33, 2022

    This brief provides recommendations on utilising information and communications technology (ICT) to address the negative impacts of climate change and local environmental changes along the Mekong River. It advocates smart city practices for sustainable management to alleviate environmental challenges in the region, while addressing the SDGs. The brief is authored by Riccardo Corrado, Audrey Liwan, and Upalat Korwatanasakul.

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    Budgeting for the SDGs: Lessons from the 2021 Voluntary National Reviews

    No. 32, 2022

    This brief offers guidance for policymakers and financial administrators on strengthening the integration of the SDGs into national and local budgets. It is based on analysis of 2021 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented by 35 countries, drawing lessons on strategies such as budget tagging, integration in budget monitoring systems, and SDG costing. The brief is authored by Mahesti Okitasari and Richa Kandpal.


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