UN recognises 15 top scientists including Malawian Nyovani Madise

Nyovani Madise

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced the appointment of 15 eminent scientists among them Malawian professor Nyovani Janet Madise, to draft the 2023 Global Sustainable Development report.

The independent group of scientists and their Report will inform the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN has said.

"The Report aims to strengthen the science-policy interface and to serve as a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development."

The next Global Sustainable Development Report will be published in 2023 and will feed into the high-level global review of the 2030 Agenda at the United Nations in September of that year.

The Report will provide guidance on the state of global sustainable development from a scientific perspective, address new and emerging issues and challenges, and offer recommendations for action by governments and other actors.

Through what the UN describes as an extensive consultation process, Guterres has appointed a diverse group, representing a wide range of disciplines, expertise and backgrounds.

The 15 are: John Agard (Trinidad and Tobago)-co-chair, Kaltham Ali Al-Ghanim (Qatar), Sergey N. Bobylev (Russian Federation), Opha Pauline Dube, (Botswana), Ibrahima Hathie (Senegal), Norichika Kanie (Japan),  Madise (Malawi), Shirin Malekpour (Australia), J. Jaime Miranda (Peru), Jaime C Montoya (Philippines), Jiahua Pan (China), Åsa Persson (Sweden), Ambuj D Sagar (India), Imme Scholz (Germany)-co-chair and  Nancy Shackell (Canada).

The Group announced is the second of its kind. The first Group released its report, entitled The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development, in September of 2019.

About Prof  Madise

She is currently Director of Research and Head of the Malawi office of the African Institute for Development Policy, whose headquarters is in Nairobi.

She earned her MSc and PhD from the University of Southampton in the UK and a Doctor of Science honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen.

Between 1994 and 2018, she was at the University of Southampton where she started as a lecturer, rising to Professor of Demography and Social Statistics. She also served as the University’s lead for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity, Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Human and Mathematical Science, and Director of the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty, and Policy.

She also worked as a Lecturer at the University of Malawi between 1983 and 1994, and on secondment as a Senior Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya (2004-2007).

She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, research work spanning the areas of sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, food and nutritional security.

Professor Madise also sits on the advisory committees of research funders such as the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council, Research Council Norway and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-WOTRO). She is also a member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group for Malaria Eradication.

She has previously served on the Wellcome Trust Public Health and Tropical Medicine Interview Committee, UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, and is a member of the Guttmacher Institute Board.