August 2023 🌏 Climate Corner
The UN has increasingly recognized the value of behavioral science to its mission — in particular, the recognition that changing our behaviors both individually and collectively is essential for creating a more equitable and sustainable world.
Recently, the UN Innovation Network held its 5th UN Behavioral Science Week. The virtual sessions centered around how behavioral science could advance topics such as food security, gender-based violence, climate change, and artificial intelligence, as well as be used to improve the efficacy of evidence-based UN policy. The sessions highlighted the work of the UN Behavioral Science Group, an offshoot of the UN Innovation Network, and its collaboration with ~ 800 individuals across more than 40 UN entities like the UN Environmental Programme, UN Development Programme, the World Food Program, etc., and 60 countries to apply behavioral science to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals serve as a "call to action" for the United Nations and member countries to create a more sustainable, healthy, and just planet by addressing areas as diverse as climate disasters, domestic violence, hunger, and world peace.
Here are three climate-action-focused takeaways that stuck with me from...