3 March 2020
Stumbled over …
A good opinion article by Simone Filippini, Leadership4SDGs Foundation, on Do donors’ funding preferences put the Sustainable Development Goals at risk? I agree with the perspective she takes and the points she makes. However, I would like to see a similar critical approach to funding not just in developing countries but also the developed countries. Very different funding challenges for sure but maybe even more crucial to achieve the SDGs as many of the transformative system changes will hinge on industrialized countries making the change.
And, a similar issue from an entirely different corner in the article Sponsoring actionable science: what public science funders can do to advance sustainability and the social contract for science by James C Arnott et al. in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 42, February 2020, Pages 38-44. They conclude that there appear to be a variety of tangible actions funders can pursue to help foster a 21st century public science system capable of generating actionable science and delivering on its social contract. Their review highlights not only the importance of considering changes but also the relatively limited evidence about how changes to science funding influence science and society. The limited evidence reflects the lopsided nature of discourse about actionable science to date—with its focus largely on scientists and a limited set of funders engaged.
An earth system governance perspective on solar geoengineering
This is an article I have been waiting for:
Jesse L. Reynolds, Joshua B. Horton. 2020. An earth system governance perspective on solar geoengineering, Earth System Governance, 2020, 100043,
Since 2009, I have been highly interested in the issue of geoengineering / climate engineering governance and tried to push it on the Earth System Governance research agenda. As the article show, my efforts – including active involvement in various US, German, EU, and international working groups – had a modest impact at best. The systematic review of Earth System Governance publications and the comprehensive mapping of geoengineering issues against the new Earth System Governance Science Plan in this article will provide a solid foundation for future – necessary and valuable – efforts because as the authors conclude:
The ESG community is ideally placed to contribute in this capacity, and we hope this article encourages comprehensive engagement by its members with these difficult issues.Jesse L. Reynolds, Joshua B. Horton
- Charveriat, C. and Bodin, E. (2020) Delivering the Green Deal: the role of a reformed Semester within a new sustainable growth strategy for the EU, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).
- Felix Dodds: Comments on the CSOs Letter on UN World Food Systems Summit. A rambling critique to a sign-on call, one of many floating through various HLPF mailing lists. While I neither care about that call nor am involved in the UN World Food Summit, I like how Felix points out again the lack of process and policy knowledge in many advocacy groups, and raises (again) the taxonomy issue of stakeholders / civil society – an issue that is more than a social science seminar debate topic but has real world implications.
- Senior Policy Analyst on bioeconomy, land use and climate, Agriculture and Land Management team coordinator, and Head of Programme on low-carbon circular economy at IEEP, Brussels
- Research & Innovation Director, European University Association, Brussels
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