The UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI) was established at COP11 in 2013. The SPI works to translate scientific findings and assessments into policy-relevant recommendations. This includes collaboration with different scientific panels and bodies.
The SPI produces peer-reviewed technical reports as well as science-policy briefs designed to support policy development. It conducts peer-review of other scientific assessments and science-based communications. The SPI also communicates with the larger scientific community about the UNCCD’s scientific knowledge requirements, and associated policy implications, in order to encourage relevant research.
The Work Programme of the SPI is determined by the UNCCD Committee on Science and Technology (CST), and the members are selected by the CST Bureau following an open application process.