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Science can ensure social equity, health, and economic benefits
2020-07-13    

The COVID-19 pandemic is imposing devastating health and social costs worldwide. At the same time, the climate emergency demands urgent and resolute action. This is why today, under the umbrella of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), 140 medical, scientific and engineering academies from around the world urge world leaders to focus on a green recovery when planning for economic activity after the pandemic. Their key message in their communiqué is that only a low-carbon recovery can generate co-benefits for social equity, the environment, and human health.

IAP academy members constitute more than 30,000 leading scientists, engineers and health professionals in over 100 countries. IAP’s analysis ‘Global Green Recovery After COVID-19: Using scientific advice to ensure social equity, planetary human health, and economic benefits’ draws on previous work by academies to identify challenges and science-based solutions across multiple sectors to effect fundamental recovery transitions worldwide that support the imperative for rapid de-carbonization.

The new communiqué (available online at www.interacademies.org/greenrecovery) was signed by the Steering Committee members of the InterAcademy Partnership:

• Volker ter Meulen, IAP President

• Depei Liu, IAP President and Co-chair, IAP Health

• Margaret Hamburg, Co-chair, IAP Health

• Krishan Lal, Co-chair, IAP Science

• Cherry Murray, Co-chair, IAP Science

• Masresha Fetene, Co-chair, IAP Policy

• Richard Catlow, Co-chair, IAP Policy

Download Communiqué: Global Green Recovery After COVID-19: Using scientific advice to ensure social equity, planetary human health, and economic benefits.pdf

(Source: IAP official website)