Op-Ed on the future of the UN Scientific Advisory Board
March 10, 2017  //  By:   //  Blog Post  //  No Comment

United-Nations1In 2013, then UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon created the UN Scientific Advisory Board to address complex and interdependent problems as well as develop effective responses for such issues. The board’s establishment recognized the importance of science to formulate policies and oversee their implementation. The work of the currently 24 men and woman of the board has helped to formulate policies and oversee their implementation and has played a central role in addressing issues such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

However, the UN Scientific Advisory Board faces an uncertain future as the incoming UN secretary-general António Guterres has been silent on whether the work of the board will be continued. In their March 7th op-ed, UN Scientific Advisory Board members Maria Ivanova and Susan Avery argue for the continuation of the board and its work on some of the world’s most pressing issues. They urge for the sustained work of the board as policy and science need each other to guide and develop comprehensive and goal oriented solutions. Particularly, in considering the emerging 2030 Agenda, scientific input needs to be represented in the process to ensure its successful strategy development and implementation.

The op-ed can be found here.

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