Knowledge Note

"How can we improve the way in which science and technology are harnessed to resolve global challenges such as the current pandemic?"

This brief suggests five early lessons from the response to the pandemic that can strengthen how science and technology are harnessed, not just in this case but also for meeting other global challenges. These include strengthening national capacities for science-based decision making, enhancing public trust in science, sharing knowledge for more collaborative research, ensuring universal access to solutions, and acting with greater urgency on global scientific assessments.

This document is UN/DESA (United Nations/ Department of Economic and Social Affairs Economic Analysis) Policy brief #62, April 2020 edition.