Implementing major international research programmes

Designing international scientific observation programmes
Coordinating international scientific surveys
Organizing international research
The strategy followed so far in designing and implementing major international research and observation programmes has proved to be sound in principle and feasible in practice. This strategy is based on two principles: The programmes are based upon collaboration between the relevant United Nations bodies and one or more international scientific NGOs. Scientific quality and objectivity as well as policy making relevance is ensured in this way. Scientists from the participating countries participate in designing the international coordinating framework or research agenda, in interaction with a high-level international scientific steering committee. The programme framework developed this way is then integrated into their respective national research and observation activity.
Significant progress has been made during the first few years in integrating environmental science in major fields of science like agriculture and health [etc]. An example is the integration of a sustainable agriculture component into agricultural research as well as within the work of the international research centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), co-sponsored by the World Bank, FAO and UNDP.
Counter Claim:
The integration of natural sciences and socio-economic research has begun at national, regional and international levels. Yet progress appears to be slower than anticipated. A problem shared by both developing and industrialized countries in this regard, is that most current training programmes and institutional structures are sectoral and disciplinary and do not address the complex interactions between people, natural resources, technology, environment and development. In this connection, it is particularly urgent to provide support for innovative interdisciplinary capacity building activities.
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality Education