Bridging research and policymaking in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

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Date: August 22, 2022
Date: August 22, 2022
Time: 13:30
Start date: August 22, 2022
Event summary: SweDev and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs organise a session at DevRes 2022.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development (FfD) both highlight the importance of science-based decision-making. This is based on the rationale that results from science can lead to new innovations and that science-based theories and methods constitute adequate gauges in various stages of the implementation.

In the Swedish Development Policy Platform, the overall guiding document for the Swedish development cooperation, it is addressed that in order to reach Swedish policy ambitions and the 2030 Agenda, Sweden should build broad engagement and inclusive partnerships between actors in Sweden, including Swedish universities, higher education institutions and research institutions; and to ensure that such institutions “possess knowledge of complex contexts and links that partly explain the varying causes of poverty and the forms it takes”.

The establishment of functioning tools of exchange between the science community and the decision-making bodies is a basic premise, but not always easy to attain because of various reasons.

The seminar invites researchers and policymakers to discuss how we can increase interaction between research and policy in Swedish work towards the 2030 Agenda.

The seminar asks:

  • Why is science-based knowledge important in the policymaking on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
  • What are the main barriers to interaction between science and policymaking?
  • How has Sweden so far worked with integrating science into policymaking on the 2030 Agenda?
  • What further resources and processes are needed to increase the interaction?


Thomas Elmqvist, Chair, Sida Scientific Advisory Board

Ingrid Öborn, Chair Committee for Development Research (VR)

Anders Hagfeldt, Vice-chancellor at Uppsala University

Ole Petter Ottersen, President of Karolinska Institute

Gabriel Wikström, National coordinator for the 2030 Agenda


Måns Fellesson, MFA, Sweden

Janet Vähämäki, SweDev


The event is held in Uppsala.

The event is part of the DevRes Conference 2022. All participants must be registered to the conference.