Scientific Board to Advise UN on Breakthroughs in Science and Technological innovation | Information | SDG Understanding Hub

UN Secretary-Standard António Guterres has introduced the creation of a Scientific Advisory Board “to suggest UN leaders on breakthroughs in science and technologies and [on] how to harness the benefits of these innovations and mitigate potential challenges.”

The Advisory Board will contain 7 eminent students as well as the Chief Experts of UN technique entities, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Engineering, and the Rector of the UN College (UNU). Serving as “a hub for a network of scientific networks,” the Board will aid initiatives in direction of a superior interface among the scientific group and final decision building in the UN.

The Board’s primary goal is “to supply unbiased insights on traits at the intersection of science, know-how, ethics, governance and sustainable progress.” It will collaborate with its network to guidance the UN’s work “for men and women, planet and prosperity” by “anticipating, adapting to and leveraging the newest scientific advancements.”

Acknowledging that scientific and technological progress can support development towards the SDGs although also “giving increase to ethical, authorized and political problems that have to have multilateral alternatives,” Guterres mentioned the new Scientific Advisory Board “will improve the purpose of the United Nations as a trustworthy supply of facts and evidence.”

The important purpose of science in supporting world-wide governance and final decision earning is becoming ever more acknowledged. Modern highlights consist of:

  • The first-ever Science Day, convened on the margins of the July session of the UN Superior-stage Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)
  • The Team of Close friends on Science for Motion, introduced by Belgium, India, and South Africa “as aspect of an exertion to tackle intricate and interconnected worldwide crises” and
  • Scientific briefings on drinking water, local climate, and pandemic preparedness and on foods safety, metrics over and above gross domestic solution (GDP), and rendering scientific assistance to the UN, convened by the UN Common Assembly (UNGA) President Csaba Kőrösi whose motto for the Assembly’s 77th session has been ‘Solutions by way of Solidarity, Sustainability and Science.’

The Intergovernmental Panel on Weather Modify (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy System on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Products and services (IPBES) leverage science to help policymakers’ efforts to deal with the crises of climate improve and biodiversity reduction, respectively. Talks are underway toward a Science-coverage Panel on Chemical substances and Squander to bridge the science-coverage gap in the location of chemical compounds, waste, and pollution.

The Secretary-Typical designed the announcement about the establishment of the Scientific Advisory Board on 3 August 2023. [UN Press Release]