In February the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) hosted the G-Science Academies meeting in Tokyo, (read our blog post).
The meeting and subsequent drafting work has resulted in three statements on global challenges that the Society has helped develop, which are intended to inform discussions and actions by the G7 science ministers and G7 Heads of State during the main summit which will take place in Japan (26 – 27 May 2016). The statements call for action on:
- Understanding, protecting and developing global brain resources (read the statement) (read related blog posts)
- Strengthening Disaster Resilience is Essential to Sustainable Development (read the statement) (read related blog posts)
- Nurturing good scientists for the future (read the statement) (read related blog posts)
and were handed to the Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe, on 19 April 2016.
Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, commented in a 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 well being 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 recognize 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.”
All of the participating academies consider these recommendations important to their own countries, and for continuing regional and global development. The recent earthquakes in Japan highlight the timeliness of the statement on Strengthening Disaster Resilience, which includes recommendations for policymakers to increase resilience capacities across a wide range of disasters, their cascading effects, and implications for foreign aid, assistance, or economic impacts.