Report: Mapping research to advance the SDGs

Published: Wednesday 23rd September 2020
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Elsevier’s analysis reveals gaps and strengths to support the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development GoalsDownload the report.

Five years ago, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set an ambitious 2030 target to achieve a sustainable and equitable future for our planet. 2020 marks five years since the launch of the SDGs and the start of the “Decade of Action” we have left to achieve them.

To this end, Elsevier’s new report – The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs – offers unique insights and initiatives, many developed together with partners, to map the state of research within each SDG area.

The report acknowledges the pivotal role research plays in tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges. It aims to better understand the research community’s global sustainable development efforts and assesses the progress made as well as unmet research needs.



Key Findings: Research as a catalyst for progress on the SDGs

Five years into the launch of the SDGs, this report provides valuable insight into the role scholarly output plays in supporting societal change. However, the research trends presented in the report also raise questions that warrant further exploration. This holds true particularly around SDGs lagging behind in article output, collaboration or impact. The expert interviews provide a qualitative insight into ways to address these existing shortcomings:

  • Focus on synergies between SDGs: All 17 SDGs are interconnected, resulting in potential synergies between the goals. The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs encourages us to take a holistic approach that involves all genders, nationalities and disciplines to help activate these synergies and give each SDG the attention it needs to reach the 2030 goals.


Read the full article on Elsevier Connect: “Report: Mapping research to advance the SDGs“, Ylann Schemm, 23 September 2020.