UN Major Group for Children and Youth: Science-Policy Interface (SPI) Platform Coordination Team

Young Scientists, Engineers, Innovators….Practitioners!

Are you interested in bridging the gap between science and policy?
Are you interested in the appropriate applications of science, technology, engineering, data & innovation for sustainable development?

The Science-Policy Interface (SPI) has become an increasingly important component of sustainable development within the United Nations system. It provides the foundation for empirically-based policies, facilitates the use of science as an enabler in policy implementation and review, and provides a unique scientific lens into monitoring impact. Furthermore, SPI has been integral in identifying emerging priorities, drawing links between the interconnected nature of thematic issues, and devising solutions to address challenges and barriers to progress. It also addresses the appropriate use of science and technology, ensuring context-conscious, people-centered, and planet-sensitive applications.

The Rio+20 outcome document – The World We Want – solidified the role of SPIs and sought to operationalize its place within all sustainable development processes. Additionally, resolution 67/290 of the High-Level Political Forum seeks to strengthen the SPI by building on existing assessments, enhancing evidence-based decision-making at all levels, and contributing to the strengthening of ongoing capacity-building of statistical capacities. Such initiatives are meant to bring scientists and policymakers together to enrich policy design, implementation, and review by exchanging information, knowledge, and applications of technology and innovation. Among others, this is seen through the Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board, Technology Facilitation Mechanism, Global Sustainable Development Report, and High-Level Political Forum.

Within the UN MGCY, the Youth Science-Policy Platform is a cross-cutting entity meant to support “knowledge” activities of respective WGs, as well as provide guidance on STI/SPI issues. This platform enhances the evidence-base within each working group to inform policy design, implementation, follow-up and review through the analysis, assessment, generation, dissemination and effective use of knowledge from both formal and informal sources.

Criteria for UN MGCY SPI coordination team members:
– Technical Background (sciences, engineering, etc.): academic studies, work experience – both formal or informal
– Part of organization that is member of the UN MGCY or CYI member (http://bit.ly/2jbGrrc)
– 30 Years or Below
– Dedication, teamwork, and honesty

Selection of focal points:
– Will be done jointly by the current SPI coordination team and GFPs of specified working groups.
– Selected focal points will have a ONE year mandate, from August 2018 to July 2019.

Whether or not young practitioners have a “coordination” role does not limit their opportunities for engagement and participation, everyone who is passionate in enhancing links between Science/Technology/Innovation within Policy is welcome to join and contribute to our shared efforts! This is an open application for anyone to participate in.

The Science-Policy Focal Point mandate will run until June 2019 (post-STI Forum).
Expectations for focal points include responsiveness, communication with SPI coordinator and Organizing Partners, joining regular meetings, and dedicating time to achieving the collective goals of the Youth SPI Platform and UN MGCY. Failure to do so can lead in early termination of mandate, as deemed by GFPs OPs, or SPI Platform Coordinator.

The positions are the following:

– Overall Science Policy Focal Points – Liaising between SPI Focal Points for different workstreams and the Organizing Partner on Policy Coherence
– S&T Focal Point for the Financing for Development work-stream (specifically the Technology Facilitation Mechanism)
– SPI Focal Points for UNCTAD Commission on Science/Technology for Development & WSIS & IGF (ICTs, internet governance, & Information Systems)
– SPI Focal Point for the Sustainable Urbanization & Housing work-stream (coordinate SPI initiatives within the Habitat III WG)
– SPI Focal Point for the Disaster Risk Reduction works-stream – Young Scientist Platform on DRR (coordinate SPI initiatives within the DRR WG)
– SPI Focal Point for the Humanitarian Affairs / Migration work-streams (coordinate SPI initiatives within the HAS/GCM WGs)
– SPI Focal Point for Sustainable Consumption and Production – Goal 12/10 YFP on SCP/UNEA
– SPI Focal Point for Climate Change (UNFCCC) – Goal 13
– SPI Focal Point for the Oceans and Small-Island Development States work-stream (coordinate SPI initiatives within the SIDS and Oceans WG)
– SPI Focal Point for Biologic Diversity (UNCBD), Forests (UNFF), & Desertification (UNCCD) – Goal 15 related works-steams
– SPI Focal Points for the data, monitoring, and evaluation work-stream (e.g. World Data Forum)
– SPI Focal Points for the effective science communication work-stream (includes Youth SPI Publication)

The application is due July 15, 2018 at 23:59 GMT!
Only successful candidates will be contacted.

  • : spiteam@childrenyouth.org
  • : SPI
  • : Team
  • : UN Major Group for Children and Youth
  • : Volunteer


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