17 goals. More than 160 targets and as many opportunities. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a global action plan for more equitable and more sustainable development. But what trade-offs are faced by those implementing these goals? What approaches will work best at meeting needs in the social, environmental and economic spheres? How can adequate partnerships be set up?
These questions guided discussions between scientific, social and political stakeholders at the Research Fair held by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) in November 2016. And what was the outcome? Research can make a significant contribution to trans-border, trans-sector, trans-cultural and trans-disciplinary efforts to achieve these goals, if it is given the resources to do so.
The Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d), a joint initiative of the SDC and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), is funding research partnerships between Switzerland and African, Asian and Latin American countries to provide political leaders and practitioners with relevant knowledge in the fields of science and development. Sustainable development is the guiding thread of this program, which focuses on five global issues: social conflict, employment, food security, sustainable management of ecosystems and health system financing. The latest r4d call for proposals, which is currently open, encourages research projects that will investigate trade-offs and synergies within the 2030 Agenda and produce transformative knowledge. It provides an opportunity for the Swiss and international scientific community to get directly involved in implementing the 2030 Agenda.