Message by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon

25 May 2016
Message by Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon,
on the occasion of the Fifth meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board,
Trieste, Italy 24-25 May 2016
 
Distinguished Chairperson and Members of the Scientific Advisory Board,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I thank the Government of Italy for hosting this fifth meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board.
 
And I thank all of you for your hard work. I appreciate your strong endorsement of the Paris Agreement on climate change during your last meeting. I also welcome the ideas you have put forward to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
As you know, the 2030 Agenda is a people-centred, planet-friendly framework to build a life of dignity for all and leave no one behind.
 
Science is essential to moving this ambitious agenda forward.
 
We need more and better science, and more science cooperation.
Local and indigenous knowledge is critical.
We must pay special attention to the needs of developing countries.
The global Technology Facilitation Mechanism will be critical.
 
In a larger sense, we need to help ensure that decisions are informed by the best available knowledge.
 
That means integrating cutting-edge science into policy.
 
For all these reasons and more, I launched the Scientific Advisory Board. I count on you to support Member States in reaching their goals.
 
Thank you again for your engagement and commitment.