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Director-General in Kuala Lumpur for the 3rd meeting of the UN Scientific Advisory Board

From 24 to 26 May, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, will undertake a visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the occasion of the 3rd meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the United Nations Secretary-General. The meeting will be co-chaired by the Director-General and Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid (Malaysia), member of the Board and designated Co-Chair of this third meeting.

The meeting seeks 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.

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.

While in Kuala Lumpur, the Director-General is expected is expected to take part in an event to celebrate the Hari UNESCO Malaysia, which take place on special significance in 2015 as UNESCO marks its 70th anniversary. Hari UNESCO Malaysia, launched in 2011 has become a day to celebrate the leading role of Malaysia in implementing UNESCO’s global mandate. The theme for 2015 touches on the principles of being together.