Knowledge and Diplomacy: Science Advice in the United Nations System

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In the international effort to advance human health, welfare, and development while better managing and conserving the environment and natural resources, there is a clear and growing recognition of the role of scientific and technical knowledge in global governance. This has created an urgent need for the United Nations to equip itself with the capability to bring scientific knowledge to inform international decision making. Given the complexity and diversity of United Nations programs, organs, and mandates, this report focuses on the main functions of the United Nations that affect international governance in the fields related to sustainable development, with reference to the taxonomy of the key United Nations organs in which these functions are undertaken. Efforts have been made to ensure that the major categories of United Nations organs have been covered and therefore the results of the review are representative of the functioning of the United Nations system.

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Committee for Survey and Analysis of Science Advice on Sustainable Development to International Organizations, Development, Security, and Cooperation, National Research Council


1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 1 The Rise of Advisory Systems for Science and Technology; 4 2 Elements of Science and Advice; 5 3 UN Sustainable Development Activities and Their Science Advisory Processes; 6 4 Structure of Science Advice in the United Nations System Today; 7 5 Findings and Recommendations; 8 References; 9 Acronyms; 10 Appendix I: The United Nations System; 11 Appendix II: Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval, and Publication of IPCC Reports; 12 Appendix III: Modus Operandi of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity; 13 Appendix IV: Draft Resolution on the Modus Operandi of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; 14 Appendix V: Rules of Procedure of the InterAcademy Council; 15 Appendix VI: Procedures of the Production and Review of Proactive Academy Reports and Statements of the Royal Academy of Engineering; 16 Appendix VII: Study Procedures of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/12/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780309084901
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 120
  • ID: 9780309084901
  • ISBN10: 0309084903

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