Science central to action towards Climate Agreement and SDGs, says UN Scientific Advisory Board

The United Nations Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board has agreed that “harnessing the full potential of science and knowledge, including social science, and local and indigenous knowledge” is needed to realise fully the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals at its fourth Board meeting. The meeting took place closely after the Paris Climate Conference.

The Board encouraged investments in science to help countries stay well below the 2°C threshold, and highlighted strong links between climate change mitigation, health, food security, and other aspects of sustainable development, indicating that they must be addressed jointly.

“I see these as the same agenda,” said UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, speaking about the COP21 agreement and the SDGs. “An agenda for human rights and dignity, for poverty eradication, for sustainability. Science is essential for taking this forward.”