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Maria Ivanova at UNU

Maria Ivanova Speaks at UNU-IAS

On November 15th, 2014, the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the POST2015 Project hosted a symposium on the opportunities and challenges related to including inputs from scientists in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our own Director, Professor Maria Ivanova, was part of a panel discussion at the event.

As a member of the United Nations Scientific Advisory Board, Professor Ivanova is tasked with advising Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on how to strengthen the science-policy interface (the ways and means by which scientists and policymakers interact in order to get good science into policy and to get the right kinds of policy to guide scientists towards addressing our most pressing challenges). As part of her work for the UN, Professor Ivanova has created a new research project at the Center for Governance and Sustainability on the science-policy interface. Together with her Research Associates Michael Denney, Daniel Zaleznik, Tse-Yang Lim, and Wondwossen Sintayehu, Professor Ivanova has been addressing the question, “what makes a science-policy interface effective?”  Though their work will continue for some time, Ivanova presented on the group’s findings thus far at the symposium.

The slides from the keynote presentations can be found here, and IISD analysis of the event is now available on their site.

The other participants were:

  • David M. Malone (Rector, UNU)
  • Csaba Kőrösi  (Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations; Co-chair, Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals)
  • Mark Stafford Smith (Chair, Future Earth Science Committee; Science Director, Climate Adaptation Flagship at CSIRO)
  • Tanya Abrahamse (Chief Executive Officer, South African National Biodiversity Institute and a transition committee member for Future Earth; Member of UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board) (TBC)
  • Norichika Kanie (Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)


Maria Ivanova is also a member of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).

To learn more about the event, click here.

About the Author :

Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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