The establishment of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) was decided by the Conference of the Parties at it eleventh session (decision 23/COP.11
and its corrigendum
) with the goal to facilitate a two-way science-policy dialogue and ensure the delivery of policy-relevant information, knowledge and advice on desertification/land degradation and drought (DLDD).
The SPI is expected to make science effective in the policy-making process of the UNCCD. It comprises a body of globally renowned DLDD and political scientists
, who will identify the needs for scientific knowledge, explore mechanisms for addressing them and present findings to policymakers in a language that can be used to mold effective and sustainable land use policies to secure land productivity.
The Terms of Reference of the SPI
were adopted by the Bureau of the Committee of Science and Technology (CST) at its meeting on 4-6 February 2014
The inaugural meeting of the SPI will be held in Bonn from 24 to 26 June when SPI members will discuss the programme of work for 2014 and 2015.