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Global Sustainable Development Goals

Since it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become an important starting point for many organisations in society.

The higher education sector is no exception, both at local level in the first cycle education run by departments at higher education institutions, and at national and EU level among agencies financed by research funding.

The role of research is not solely to identify problems and provide solutions. To at least as high an extent, its role is also to critically analyse the SDGs and who they benefit. There are knowledge gaps that stand in the way of progress towards the SDGs, and there is a need for epistemological perspectives, including the gender perspective, that can strengthen the capacity of research to tackle complex societal challenges.

In cooperation with other actors in Sweden, the Nordics and the EU, the secretariat contribute with research-driven analyses for developing the field of knowledge on sustainability and gender.

Gender and sustainable development in EU research policy

The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research are tasked with producing a report and a number of policy briefs on gender and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative is part of GENDERACTION, an EU-funded project analysing the progress of member states towards implementation of gender equality within research and innovation. The secretariat is one of the partners in GENDERACTION.

The report on gender and sustainability will be based on a systematic, international research review of peer-reviewed research articles published between 2015 and 2020. It will present research findings relating to gender with the aim of identifying conditions, challenges and solutions within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.

The review will be published in September 2021 and, together with the policy briefs, is aimed at stakeholders within the European Research Area (ERA) and research funding and research performing organisations in the EU member states.