29 January: Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, travels to Berlin (Germany) for the first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, for which UNESCO provides the secretariat.
The Scientific Advisory Board will serve as an interface to strengthen cooperation between the scientific community and policy-makers so as to build sustainable development strategies on solid scientific grounds. The Board will identify concrete means to tighten the linkage between the sciences and policy as well as to define priority scientific issues for sustainable development. The idea behind the Board was announced at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and was one of the recommendations of the Report of the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing", launched in January 2012.
Together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Irina Bokova will deliver opening remarks.
Irina Bokova will chair the five working sessions during 30-31 January, to define a work calendar for the Board and to identify concrete means to tighten the linkage between the sciences and policy as well as to define priority scientific issues for sustainable development.
“The complexity of sustainable development challenges – from water management, natural risks, and climate change and their social consequences -- calls for all sciences to be mobilized, to inform, strengthen and develop more efficient policies, in response to the needs of societies” declared the Director-General before the meeting.
The Scientific Advisory Board is part of the global strategy of the united Nations to mobilise the sciences to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals and to ensure the integration of scientific perspectives into the post-2015 global sustainable development agenda.