Science needs to be "more deeply integrated with policy-making" says Ban

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Handover of the Final Report of the Scientific Advisory Board, 18 September. Credit: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The world needs "more connected" science that is also "more deeply integrated with policy-making", the UN chief said on Sunday.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the handover of the UN's Scientific Advisory Board Summary Report, at UN Headquarters.

He credited the board, which he established four years ago, for having played "an important role in helping shape our new global agenda."

Matthew Wells reports.

Mr Ban said that science lay at the heart of the "transformational goals" represented by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and last December's Paris Agreement on climate change.

But he added, it wasn't just "any science" but a "stronger", more practical expertise that was needed, of the kind represented by the advisory board itself, which had the potential to help realize the 17 ambitious development goals.

In bold terms he said that science was "essential to make this vision a reality."

He thanked all the board members, led by the UN's scientific and cultural organization Director-General, Irina Bokova, for sharing their "expertise, energy and enthusiasm."

He added that UNESCO itself had lent valuable support, and helped the entire UN system, and Member States, to "better understand the challenges and opportunities of sustainability."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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