Someone standing in a dried up river in northern Kenya
Developing nations put proportionately more of their research effort into sustainability than richer countries, a Unesco study has revealed.
The report, published every five years, tracks scientific research output.
“We want to know what development path countries are following and the challenges they face,” explained Unesco’s Dr Susan Schneegans.
The report also tracks progress towards meeting the United Nations’ (UN) sustainable development goals.
By analysing the research coming out of each country, it assesses how much progress is being made towards those targets. They were set by the UN in 2015 to ensure all countries work together to protect people’s health, tackle poverty and to protect the planet.
In a wide-ranging and global study, the authors looked at 56 topics that