Sustainable Development: BRICS scientists hold forum on UN 2030 Sustainable Development


The Academy of Sciences of BRICS countries – China, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and India – has held an online forum from April 26 to 27 to share big data about sustainable development. Zheng Yibing has the details. 

Scientists from BRICS countries have held the two-day online forum to discuss what they can do to meet the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

ZHANG YAPING Vice President, Chinese Academy of Sciences "We convene this forum to establish an important platform for BRICS scientists, engineers, policy makers, and representatives of relevant international organizations to share knowledge, technology, and experience."

They hope to use big data to address environmental challenges, food security, and energy.

LUIZ DAVIDOVICH President, Brazilian Academy of Sciences "We do make statements about the destruction of the Amazon forest, about climate change. And our hope is to influence, to make people think about these problems and to help them solve these problems with the help of science."

The Chinese Academy of Sciences released data covering four areas, including products of urban sustainable development and forests.

GUO HUADONG Director General, International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals "These four areas of data will benefit BRICS countries, as well as users from around the world. And we think this a very important thing."

China launched the world's first science satellite for Sustainable Development Goals last November. It provides data on interactions between human activities and the environment. The first batch of photos from the satellite was released at the end of last year. Now, it's being tested in orbit and will enter the application phase soon.

GUO HUADONG Director General, International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals "We will begin to provide the data to the 193 member states of the United Nations. The satellite is in good operation, and I think it has very huge potential."

ZHENG YIBING Beijing "Participants say that by sharing big data, they hope all sides can join hands to contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, address challenges together and establish a community with a shared future for mankind. Zheng Yibing, CGTN, Beijing."