CONTEXT FOR THIS MANIFESTO
In November 2015, the concluding declaration of the World Science Forum (WSF) in Budapest made a specific request for a set of principles and processes to underpin scientific advice. The relevant section of the declaration reads:
“The need to define the principles, processes and application of science advice and to address the theoretical and practical questions regarding the independence, transparency, visibility and accountability of those who receive and provide advice has never been more important…………We call for concerted action of scientists and policy-makers to define and promulgate universal principles for developing and communicating science to inform and evaluate policy based on responsibility, integrity, independence, and accountability.”
The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) was tasked with taking this forward, and reporting back to the WSF in Jordan in November 2017.
Drafted in consultation with practitioners, scholars from a diverse range of disciplines, and ethicists from around the world, the The INGSA Manifesto for 2030 - Scientific Advice for the Global Goals aims to provide a framework for discussion and action on the principles and guidelines that underpin effective science advice.
This is a draft version that was open for consultation. The consultation has now closed; we thank everyone who took the time to review and comment.
A final version of the INGSA Manifesto will be launched in June 2018, alongside the 3rd meeting of the UN’s STI Forum, at which point we hope individuals and organisations will add their support.