Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Academic Yuri Balega took part in the Russian–Chinese expert online forum-teleconference «Resource and technological basis for sustainable development» held on June 15th. The event was dedicated to the Year of Scientific and Technical cooperation between Russia and China 2020–2021.
In his address, the Vice President of the RAS, Academic Yuri Balega, spoke about the special importance of the event’s theme, since the Sustainable Development Goals are a distinct call to action coming from all countries of the world, aimed at improving well-being and protecting our planet. States recognize that measures for eliminating poverty must be pursued in parallel with efforts to boost economic growth and solve a range of issues in the areas of education, health, social protection and employment, as well as fighting climate change and protecting the environment.
Also noted was the importance of Russian-Chinese scientific cooperation, as part of which – on the initiative of the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academic Alexander Sergeev – a working group for cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in the field of science, research and innovation was created. Also created by RAS was a program for international academic mobility for scientists, which will serve as a reliable tool for establishing interaction between the scientific communities of our countries.
“The special value of such events is that they serve as a tool for the implementation of international projects and interdisciplinary events on a wide range of humankind’s global problems which require concerted action by the world scientific community. For example, the global hot topic of the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.
“The current pandemic has shown that critical transitional processes can have far-reaching consequences around the world and that global problems go beyond the social, economic, political and technological spheres. The growing complexity and interconnectedness of systems of intergovernmental cooperation make it difficult for legislators to understand the impact of their decisions during critical situations. A path to better governance, policy-making and practices must be built on a system-wide approach which should be shaped through the prism of scientific research and approaches to problems.
“Building long-term scientific ties, developing scientific and technical potential and attracting researchers to solving ‘global problems’ is the key to preventing and quickly responding to ‘global challenges’ in the future,” said the Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academic Yuri Balega in conclusion.