UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday said "stronger and more connected science" is crucial for global efforts to implement the UN goals to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change.
"Science is essential to making this vision reality. But not just any science; we need stronger science, more connected science," Ban said.
"We need science that is more deeply integrated with policy-making."
The UN chief made the remark in response to a report submitted by the Scientific Advisory Board, which he created in September 2013 to help with the work of the United Nations on sustainable development.
Eminent scientists from across the world called in the report for an effective use of science by decision-makers at all levels, and more investment by all nations in science, technology and innovation, which "can be a game changer in dealing with nearly all the most pressing global challenges."
"This is a critical time in human history," Ban noted, adding that "we are the first generation that can end extreme poverty, and the last that can avert the threat of runaway climate change."
The goals, set in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, "together, provide a blueprint for peace, dignity, prosperity and opportunity for all on a healthy planet," Ban said.
He also said the advisory board has played an important role in helping shape new global agenda and better the UN understanding of challenges and opportunities of sustainable development.