Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Science, cornerstone of sustainable development

UNESCO Media Advisory N°2016-17

Science, cornerstone of sustainable development

Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General meets in Trieste

Paris, 18 May- The 25 leading scientists of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary General will meet in Trieste, Italy, on 24 and 25 May to provide insights and recommendations on the crucial role of science in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by the United Nations in the late 2015.

The Board will also focus on the following topics: climate change and climate induced risks, local and indigenous knowledge systems as enablers of sustainable development as well as food security and health. The meeting will provide an opportunity to initiate a process of reflection on science consultation mechanisms for the United Nations system.

The members of the Board will participate in an open high-level Session on Strengthening scientific human capacity in developing countries, together with high level representatives of the Italian Government, UNESCO and top international science organizations based in Italy. This session will be livestreamed.

The Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary General seeks to inform the United Nations' work by providing advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development. The Board brings together 26 eminent scientists from all regions of the world and aims to provide a complete picture of scientific needs to face global challenges. It will present its conclusions by the end of the year. UNESCO hosts the Secretariat of the Board.

This 5th meeting is hosted by the Government of Italy, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of sciences in the developing world (TWAS), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the International Centre for Genetic, Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).

The preliminary conclusions of the meeting will be shared at a press conference on 25 May 2016 at 9.45 a.m. in the Leonardo building of ICTP*. It will bring together Board members and the co-chairs of the meeting: Flavia Schlegel, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences, and Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Media who are unable to join in person can access the press conference via online streaming; they will be able to ask questions remotely.

More information:

Media contact: Isabelle Brugnon, +33 (0) 664 148 494,

* Strada Costiera, 11. Trieste, Italy

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