UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Policy Briefs

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides thought leadership through its UN DESA Policy Briefs series, presenting timely and relevant analysis and policy guidance on global economic and social issues.


The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Wake-up Call for Better Cooperation at the Science–Policy–Society Interface

This brief suggests five early lessons from the response to the pandemic that can strengthen how science and technology are harnessed, not just in this case but also for meeting other global challenges. These include strengthening national capacities for science-based decision making, enhancing public trust in science, sharing knowledge for more collaborative research, ensuring universal access to solutions, and acting with greater urgency on global scientific assessments.


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