Partnering for sustainability: a new approach for a new world

Published: Wednesday 2nd June 2021
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New Elsevier Foundation partnerships to focus on gender equality and climate change

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2020 marked five years since the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the start of the “Decade of Action” we have left to achieve them. For the Elsevier Foundation, this has meant an essential moment of reflection during a pandemic year: examining and expanding our strategic focus and how we partner.

A sustainable future is an intersectional future

Elsevier’s latest report, The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs, shows that the SDGs related to the environment not only have a large volume of research (180,000 articles in 2015-19) but feature papers that are among the highest cited: 37% above the world’s average. It’s also one of the areas where we see the most international collaboration: 34.5%.Ylann SchemmHowever, research conducted by Elsevier’s International Center for the Study of Research also shows that only 4% of climate-related studies includes a sex and/or gender dimension. While several SDGs are written with a recognition of the role of gender in achieving outcomes, and the UN recognizes the need for “systematic mainstreaming of a gender perspective,” a full integration of sex and gender dimensions into SDGs research is still far from achieved – and is an immediate imperative.

“We believe that this is the optimum moment to build on Elsevier’s  growing climate action focus and  research and analytics contributions to launch two new partnerships,” said Ylann Schemm, Director of the Elsevier Foundation. “Critically, these will reflect a strong gender focus given the disproportionate impact of climate change on women.”

Read the full article on Elsevier Connect: “Partnering for sustainability: a new approach for a new world“, Domiziana Francescon, 19 May 2021.