A group of 14 academies of science have released three statements focused on global challenges aimed at informing discussions at the G7 Summit and the ministerial meetings that precede it.
The three statements have been written by scientists and experts from the national academies of the G7 nations plus seven others, and were presented to the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 19 April.
The statements cover:
- Understanding, Protecting and Developing Global Brain Resources;
- Strengthening Disaster Resilience is Essential to Sustainable Development;
- Nurturing Future Scientists.
Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society, commented in a Royal Society press release:
"The Royal Society has played a key role in shaping these statements, because it believes that science has an essential role to play in the development of society. The three areas covered in the statements can have a major impact on human wellbeing globally. Studies on resilience will ensure that we are better prepared for natural disasters, potentially saving or preventing the disruption of large numbers of lives. To make the best and most inclusive use of human intelligence, which is needed for our advancement, we need to understand how best to develop and nurture the human brain. To make the best use of our human potential, we must ensure that we recognise and nurture talent wherever it arises, regardless of background or gender. The support and leadership of the G7 governments in these areas is therefore vital."
To access the three statements and for more information on the G-Science initiative, see HERE.