Scientists needed to help with world's pressing issues: Ban

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Marine scientist at work in the Havana Marine Laboratory. Marine pollution has become a very serious problem and many forms of aquatic life are threatened. UN Photo/Milton Grant

Scientists with a clear vision and commitment to work together are needed to find solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues.

The UN Secretary-General made the appeal on Monday during an event to reaffirm the important role science plays in promoting progress and peace.

The day also coincides with the 60th anniversary of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Ban Ki-moon said he attached a great importance to expanding the role of science in the work of the United Nations.

"Whether we are trying to address climate change, stop the Ebola virus, deal with cyber security threats, or curb nuclear proliferation, we need scientists with a clear vision and a commitment to work together to find solutions. I call on the scientific community to invest a significant proportion of its talent and resources over the coming year to research that would accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the future Sustainable Development Goals."  (35″)

Mr Ban also made a plea for greater efforts to attract more women and girls to science and technology-related fields.

In January, he launched a scientific advisory board to help the UN strengthen the link between science and policy.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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