The summit meeting of the heads of state and government of the 20 most important developed and newly industrialised countries (G20) taking place in Osaka is the third to involve scientists through the specially dedicated dialogue forum Science20. The G20 summits began drawing on expert scientific advice in 2017 under Germany’s G20 Presidency. It was then that the G20 National Academies of Sciences produced their first recommendations – for improved global health care provision – under the leadership of the Leopoldina. For more than 10 years now, the G7 summits have also drawn on the expertise of the national academies of sciences.
“I am pleased that scientists have now had the opportunity to contribute a topic to preparations for the G20 summit for the third time,” said Prof. Jörg Hacker, President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, which represented Germany in the drafting of the recommendations. “A joint declaration drawn up for the heads of state and government by national academies of sciences from 20 countries gives the urgent issue of marine conservation the emphasis it deserves,” Hacker continued.