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The Director-General addresses High Level Political Forum during ECOSOC

The Director General addressed yesterday the Ministerial Dialogue of the second meeting of the High Level Segment of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which is being held from 7 to 9 July at the UNHQ in New York.

In her statement, she called for anchoring science in the future post 2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals. In this context, the Director-General highlighted the establishment of the Secretary General's Scientific Advisory Board as an important mechanism for strengthening the science policy interface, and she thanked the Secretary General for putting sciences at the heart of sustainable development. 

She presented the key messages of the SAB’s paper on the role of science for sustainable development and in the post 2015 agenda, touching upon five key areas:  science's contribution to sustainable development; basic and applied science as two sides of the same coin; science as a public good; universality and key educational role of science.

Moderated by Prof Romain Murenzi, Director General of TWAS, the HLPF Ministerial Dialogue on “Charting pathways to the future we want” focused on the role of science for sustainable development and the science-policy interface. 

In the ministerial dialogue, H.E. Ms. Elba Viviana Caro Hinojosa, Minister of Development Planning of Bolivia, argued for harmony between development and environment with sciences and technology at the centre of transformational sustainable development changes.

H.E. Ms. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany warned that business as usual is no longer an option and that science should guide the necessary policy choices for structural economic transformations needed for inclusive green growth.

H.E. Ms. Vesna Kos, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Croatia highlighted the huge costs of inaction related to disaster risk reduction, women empowerment  and peace and security.

In her closing remarks, the Director-General called for a “strong anchoring of science in the new goals and the post2015 development agenda”, including by rising the spending on research and development, with a fixed minimum percentage of the gross national product (GDP) for this purpose, including special allotments for basic research, for science education and for the promotion of science literacy.

During her visit, the Director-General also met with the President of ECOSOC, H.E. Martin Sadjik. They exchanged on the reform of the Council, the ministerial declaration which will be adopted as the outcome of the High Level Political Forum and the work of the Open Working Group on SDGs.