United Nations Environment Programme Member States have long recognized the need for a stronger
sciencepolicy interface and have pushed for addition guidance through the following decisions and resolutions:
United Nations Environment Programme Governing Council decision 27/2:
“Decides that the governing body of the United Nations Environment Programme will promote a strong science policy interface by reviewing the state of the environment….” and “requests the Executive Director to identify critical gaps and present a report, with recommendations, to the governing body” (United Nations Environment Programme
2014a p. 17).
United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) 1 resolution 1/ 4:
“reiterates the request to the Executive Director to submit a gap analysis report on environmental data, information
and assessments as well as recommendations on policy instruments for a strengthened science-policy interface
to the United Nations Environment Assembly at its second session” (United Nations Environment Programme
In this context, this report aims to identify new ways to improve the science-policy interface by:
• Providing a summary of the characteristics of an effective science-policy interface.
• Identifying the gaps found in practice in science-policy interfaces.
• Providing practical steps that Member States and international organisations can take to fill these gaps