Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General meets in Trieste, 24-25 May 2016

The Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General seeks to inform the United Nations’ work by providing advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development. The Board brings together 26 eminent scientists from all regions of the world and aims to provide a complete picture of scientific needs to face global challenges. It will present its conclusions by the end of the year. UNESCO hosts the secretariat of the Board.

This 5th meeting is hosted by the Government of Italy and four international science organisations based in Trieste: the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), together with the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of sciences in developing countries (TWAS) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP).

Prof. Mauro Giacca, Director-General of ICGEB, currently in Cape Town where the 22nd Session of the ICGEB Board of Governors is taking place, will give a brief address. Dr. Dimitar Efremov, Group Leader, Molecular Hematology lab at ICGEB Trieste will be present at the meeting in Trieste, where delegates attending the UN SAB will also be visiting the ICGEB premises, guided by Dr. Lawrence Banks, who heads the Tumour Virology Lab at ICGEB Trieste. ICGEB staff, researchers and PhD students will be in attendance and present at the meeting, which constitutes an important and highly prestigious opportunity for UN networking.

The Board will also focus on the following topics: climate change and climate induced risks, local and indigenous knowledge systems as enablers of sustainable development, as well as food security and health. The meeting will provide an opportunity to initiate a process of reflection on science consultation mechanisms for the United Nations system.

On Wednesday 25 May from 9:45 to 10:30 CET at the Budinich Lecture Hall, ICTP, a press conference will bring together Board members and the co-chairs of the meeting to discuss their new reports on climate change and sustainable development, among other topics: Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences at UNESCO, and Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

From 11:30 to 13:00 CET, the UNSAB will hold a High-Level Open Session, "Strengthening Scientific Human Capacity in Developing Countries", featuring remarks by representatives of UNESCO, the Italian Government, and international science organizations based in Italy. This event will also be livestreamed at the above URL, and will be moderated by Luigi Amodio, Director of the science museum Città della Scienza in Naples.

To follow the event on Twitter, use the hashtag: #UNSciBoard

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Media contact: Isabelle Brugnon, +33 (0) 664 148 494,

See the Event on Livestreaming: at

The video interviews and meeting summary of the UNSAB meeting can be viewed  here:

On Wednesday 25 May, the United Nation's Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (UNSAB) will hold a High-Level Open Session on 'Strengthening Scientific Human Capacity in Developing Countries'. The session will feature remarks by high-level members of UNESCO, the Italian Government, and top international science organizations based in Italy. During the session, the UNSAB will present key messages from the reports they will submit to the UN Secretary General that provide insights and recommendations on the crucial role of science in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Session will be moderated by Luigi Amodio, Director of the science museum Città della Scienza, Naples.

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