Future Earth liaison: Erik Pihl
The aim of the Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge-Action Network (SDGs KAN) is to bring the scientific knowledge and processes of the Future Earth community into the efforts to implement and achieve the SDGs. The methodological thinking underpinning this KAN is that of integrated, system-based, solution-oriented and multi-scale (local to global) approaches.
The aim of the SDGs Knowledge-Action Network is to ensure that science is both a tool and an approach to achieve the SDGs, particularly by adopting a cross-cutting approach and addressing key knowledge gaps related to implementation. As many different bodies are involved in global initiatives to promote sustainability, the SDGs KAN will act as a convening and coordinating platform, bringing together researchers, stakeholders and decision-makers to source solutions to achieve the goals. Together with the Future Earth community, the SDGs KAN will work to enhance communication, promote awareness of the SDGs and the scientific challenges in reaching them, and strengthen the science-policy interface at all levels of governance.
The KAN achieves its goals by:
- Mobilising and connecting the research communities with the policy and practice communities at global, regional and national scales
- Identifying knowledge gaps and needs related to global targets, indicators, and support for implementation, as well as mobilizing research to fill these gaps
- Identifying and describing synergies and trade-offs including support for prioritization among the goals.
- Acting as an integrating mechanism across Future Earth
- Promoting SDGs and SD-focused research to research funding agencies, governments etc.