2021 UN Behavioural Science Week

Nudhara Yusuf
Nudhara Yusuf

For more information see the Agenda and join UNIN's Behavioural Science Group.

The week will officially launch the Secretary-General's Guidance on Behavioural Science and the UN Behavioural Science Report with insights from 25 UN entities.

Exploring how behavioural science can be applied to all SDGs, the 2021 UN Behavioural Science week will feature 15+ events from 9 UN Entities focusing on, among others, how behavioural science can be applied to boost vaccination uptake, promote better nutrition, support entrepreneurship, and prevent violent extremism. It will also feature an introductory session to behavioural science and explore behavioural economics for designing digital products.


Through people-centered theories and approaches, behavioural science (BeSci) can help enable interventions to produce change to progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Behaviourally informed interventions leverage what is known about human behaviour and decision-making: They invest in better diagnosing what specific behavioural barriers prevent people from adopting a certain behaviour, explore enablers that help people achieve their aims, and design interventions on the basis of these diagnoses.

The UN Innovation Network has set up a Behavioural Science Group, which comprises of more than 400 members from across 40+ UN Entities and 60 countries. The Group promotes awareness and supports behavioural insights work at the UN; provides learning opportunities about BeSci approaches and methods; and brings views and approaches from outside to the UN. The UN BeSci Group collaborates with academics in the behavioural sciences and organisations specialising in designing and implementing behaviourally-informed projects.

You can browse the agenda and sign up for the week here

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Comments (4)

Martin Cadena
Martin Cadena

Yesterday, the Secretary-General launched a UN Behavioural Science Note, with the purpose to introduce the practice of behavioural science as a means to enhancing the United Nations’ mandate delivery and programme implementation as well as improving administration, such as through simplifying and reducing unnecessary bureaucratic processes and fostering a
work culture of collaboration.

There is also a United Nations Behavioural Science Report that outlines approaches and experiences from across the UN and shares practical steps to create an enabling environment for the application of behavioural science.

Please find both documents attached.. For your reference, they can also be consulted here: https://www.un.org/en/content/behaviouralscience/

Josie Raine, Boaz Paldi, Rebecca Webb

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