The SNIS Annual Report entitled “Helping the Transition” makes reference to the Sustainable Development Goals launched by the UN in 2015. There are goals and targets, but the roadmaps have yet to be created. This is where the SNIS comes in: supporting research that can be translated into concrete actions.
The upward trend in partnerships in the submitted project proposals reflects the necessity to create multiple, truly interdisciplinary research collaborations when tackling complex, contemporary issues such as sustainable development. As Francesco Pisano, Director of the UN Library in Geneva and President of the International Geneva Committee, points out: “This is the best time for the SNIS – the SDGs make it more important and relevant than ever.”
The networking and dissemination activities have always been a very important part of the SNIS mission. Over sixty working papers with results of funded projects are proposed in open access on the SNIS website. Filmed documentaries complement the more classical academic research dissemination by telling powerful stories that help spur policy action.