Towards global sustainability: The role of research across disciplines and national boundaries
Minnetale over Olav Aasmund Smidsrød ved Gudmund Skjåk-Bræk
Minnetale over Gunnar Løvhøiden ved John B. Rekstad
Professor Deliang Chen, August Röhss Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, Assistant Dean for Research, Faculty of Science, Göteborgs universitet, executive director of ICSU 2009-2012:
Towards global sustainability: The role of research across disciplines and national boundaries.
Despite major scientific advances and insights, the world continues to develop along dangerous trajectories, undermining the life support systems that provide economic growth, and placing coming generations at risk of major regime shifts in the Earth system. Global sustainability is a key to food security, energy access, freshwater availability, poverty alleviation, human health, etc.., which requires new thinking and scientific knowledge. Bending the curves of global environmental change will require transformative change in societies. Meeting these challenges also require long term and concerted research efforts across disciplines and national boundaries, as well as strategic investments. Are we ready for these?