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.
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.
We would particularly welcome comments on the following questions:
- What is missing from the Manifesto that you would like to see included?
- How can the Manifesto be improved, and made more relevant to your priorities and needs?
- Are there examples of institutional good practice in scientific advice for global goals that you would like us to include?
- What specific recommendations could we add - and directed to which actors at local, regional, national or international level?
- Would you like to become more involved in INGSA's work in this area? What could you bring to the Network as it strengthens and grows?
Thank you for your time and input.