Scientific Advisory Board of the United Nations Secretary-General: 3rd meeting
The Scientific Advisory Board of the United Nations Secretary-General is meeting for the 3rd time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 25-26 May 2015, to offer recommendations on a range of topics, including the global data revolution, improving the science / policy interface, and the foremost risks to humanity associated with climate change.
They will also discuss the Results of the Delphi study on the top challenges for the future of the people and the planet.
The meeting will be co-chaired by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Prof. Zakri Abdul Hamid (Malaysia), member of the Board and designated Co-Chair of this third meeting.
Recommendations to inform and advance sustainable development and poverty eradication worldwide are expected to include how to coordinate global data collection and create access that reduces the data divide between rich and poor; and improving the use of scientific knowledge in policy-making at all levels.
Advice on the potentially profound climate change-related risks will be agreed during the meeting and published shortly thereafter.
The Scientific Advisory Board was created in 2013 at the request of the UN Secretary-General to further inform the debate on sustainable development. The Board is composed of 26 eminent scientists representing all regions and many scientific disciplines relevant for sustainable development: the engineering, political and natural sciences are represented as well as for example oceanic, climate and biodiversity research. In addition, all members of the Board have extensive and manifold experience with international scientific cooperation as well as the science-policy-society interface.