To inform the debate on sustainable development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on the first day of the UN General Assembly (24 September) his decision to create a Scientific Advisory Board that he entrusted UNESCO’s Director-General to establish.
He made the announcement during the inaugural meeting of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, a platform created to realize the vision adopted at Rio +20. “The forum can be a catalyst for a strengthened global partnership for sustainable development, providing political leadership grounded in solid science,” said Mr Ban, also underlining the need to strengthen the interface between science and policy in order to ensure that the latest scientific findings are reflected in policy discussions.
The Secretary-General said the Board would be comprised by renowned scientists representing various fields of natural, social and human sciences, and underlined the need to strengthen the interface between science and policy so that the latest scientific findings are reflected in high level policy discussions.
He also indicated that UNESCO would host the Secretariat of this Scientific Advisory Board.