UN Scientific Advisory Board to Hold Inaugural Meeting
The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the United Nations Secretary-General will meet for the first time on January 30th and 31st in Berlin. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion on the Board’s role and functions, as well as how to link science to high-level policy discussions within the UN system. The meeting will be preceded by an inaugural ceremony open to the media.
The SAB was announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2013, following a recommendation of the Report of the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability. The SAB will provide advise to UN heads on matters of science, technology, and innovation, with an emphasis on advice for sustainable development. The board is composed of 26 eminent scientists and scholars, including our own Director Maria Ivanova, with a diversity of disciplinary expertise. The board will work to strengthen the interface between science and decision making throughout the UN system. The meeting will also be attended by Executive Heads of other UN organizations and high-level officials from the German government.
In advance of the inaugural meeting, the SAB has opened a period of public online consultation. A survey is available on the SAB’s new website. The results of the survey will be shared with the members of the SAB during the inaugural meeting, and is open until January 20th, 2014.