2015, a date with destiny









‘In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive…’ goes the famous 60s hit.  But the future need not be so bleak. What if I told you that the world in 2525 – the future of people and the planet – could be influenced by important decisions taken in 2015?

To be clear, I’m not talking about a UK general election (important as that will be, in its own particular way). No; much more significant policy landmarks are on the horizon.

In international environment and development quarters, 2015 is monumental. It will see both a new climate change deal (assuming negotiations go to plan), and a renewed disaster risk reduction strategy. But the biggie, encompassing both of these and much more besides, will be a new set of global development goals.

Known in interested circles as the ‘post-2015 development agenda’, the process to agree the next global development framework is nothing if not complicated. The complication stems from the myriad of actors involved, from the process itself (an updated set of Millennium Development Goals dovetailing with a set of Sustainable Development Goals), and from the various possible trajectories that the whole process might follow (as articulated by Global Dashboard’s Claire Melamed here). But stick with it, as it might just be the biggest deal to hit our stricken planet.

Never one to miss a juicy policy debate, the Science Policy Centre has entered the fray.

We’ve been following the post-2015 process since Rio+20, notably hosting a lively civil society outreach day last autumn (see one attendee’s account here). At present, we’re collaborating with UKCDS, the British Council and SciDev.Net to explore, via a series of policy events, the role of science in the post-2015 development agenda. Rather than starting by outlining all the things science has to offer global development, the first event will turn to those already at the heart of the post-2015 debate (namely civil society groups and policymakers) to ask: What do you want from science?

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  • Roger Woods

    Splendidly provocative. Let’s hope the world of science and politics is listening.