How the SPI works
The UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI) was established in 2013 (at COP 11) and has had its mandate renewed and refined in subsequent meetings of the UNCCD Conference of Parties (COP). In 2017 (at COP 13), the SPI was renewed and will be reviewed again in 2023 (COP 16).
The SPI works to translate current science into policy-relevant recommendations resulting from assessment and synthesis of current science. This includes collaboration with and leveraging the products of other scientific panels and bodies. The SPI produces peer-reviewed technical reports as well as science-policy briefs designed to support policy development. The SPI conducts peer-review of other scientific assessments and science-based communications. The SPI also communicates with the larger scientific community about the scientific knowledge requirements of the UNCCD and associated policy implications, encouraging relevant and salient 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.