In 2015, scientists from the G7 academies met at the Leopoldina. Image: Markus Scholz for the Leopoldina.
The science academies of the G7 and G20 countries are advising heads of state and government for the annual summits. Before each summit, the academies look at urgent issues relating to the summit agenda that also carry wider implications and require a multilateral approach. On each occasion, it is the host nation’s academy that assumes the role of coordinator – the Leopoldina takes the lead in 2017 for the first time in the G20 context.
The advice and recommendations provided to the annual summits of the heads of state are an important means of bringing pooled international scientific expertise into the political debate. Before each summit, the national science academies of the participating states look at urgent issues relating to the summit agenda to work on them scientifically. The academies’ recommendations are published one to two months prior to each summit and feed into each country’s political proceedings.
The German G20 Presidency attaches great importance to dialogue with different civil society groups. For the first time, the science and research community is included into the G20 process as “Science20”. Under the leadership of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the science academies of the G20 countries are developing scientific recommendations on improving global health. At the Science20 Dialogue Forum on 22 March 2017 in Halle (Salle), the results will be presented by national and international experts and the recommendations will be officially handed over to Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel by the presidents of the science academies of the G20 countries.
The Leopoldina had already led the scientific advisory process in 2007 and 2015, in the run-up to the G8 summit in Heiligendamm and the G7 summit in Schloss Elmau. Back then, the science academies presented statements on the topics of sustainability, energy efficiency, climate protection, and the protection of intellectual property as well as on resistance to antibiotics, tropical diseases, and the future of the world’s oceans, respectively.
Leopoldina, Halle (Saale), 22 March 2017
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