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Focus Areas

"As the world shapes the post-2015 development agenda I count on you to help ensure that it is based on sound science and evidence throughout (…) the areas where you can make a difference", explained the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, as he outlined clear priorities to guide the contributions of the Scientific Advisory Board.

The focus areas defined by the Secretary General on 10 December 2014 include:

  • Ideas on how to strengthen the high-level political forum on sustainable development, i.e. how to improve the synergy between science and decision making,
  • Advice on climate change ahead the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, where the international community hopes to adopt a new climate agreement,
  • Contributions to the data revolution for sustainable development,
  • Advice on other scientific concerns about the future of people and the planet to be brought the attention of the UN Secretary General.

Four working groups have been set up to develop contributions and recommendations during the next meetings of the Scientific Advisory Board.

Moreover, the Secretary-General has invited SAB members to elaborate thoughts on means of implementation for the due agenda. A round table on this issue, involving several SAB members, was held at the United Nations in New York on 23 April 2015.

Contributions and recommendations

The Scientific Advisory Board has delivered the following contributions to date.

The Future of Scientific Advice to the United Nations

A Summary Report to the Secretary-General of the United Nations from the Scientific Advisory Board
English | French | Español (pdf)


Science / Policy interface:

Climate change and associated risks:

Local and Indigenous Knowledge:

Data Revolution:

Means of Implementation:

Advice on other scientific concerns:

Meeting reports