S20 Summit

Saturday, September 26, 2020


Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah received the final communique of the Science Group summit, from the President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Faris and the head of the group, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as the group virtual summit, hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, concluded its 15th session.
Participants representing national science academies and an array of scientific institutions, in the G20 member states, have taken part in the summit.
10 policy recommendations developed by 180 scientists and experts and endorsed by all G20 academies of Sciences:
  • Advance existing pandemic preparedness towards an internationally collaborative framework to monitor and respond rapidly to emerging diseases and handle future pandemics.
  • Promote advanced therapy and precision medicine research to enhance personalized care, with a view to concurrently improve technology, cost, and accessibility.
  • Deploy policies and interventions to address the challenges arising from demographic shifts.
  • Develop an integrated and efficient closed-loop systems approach to natural resource extraction, distribution, consumption, disposal, and recycling.
  • Promote circular design of materials and energy systems through advancing the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) plus Renewables aimed at net zero carbon emission.
  • Bridge the emerging digital divide to ensure that all people on the planet have access and capability to use digital technologies and the internet, while ensuring privacy, resilience, and security of digital networks and devices.
  • Improve the sustainability of the digital infrastructure, including end-user devices, and improve opportunities for smart city technologies to contribute towards a cleaner environment.
  • Adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to plan for a human-centric, digitally enabled society of the future, in which the digital infrastructure is fully embedded in the entire social, educational, political, business, and cultural landscape.
  • Support foresight research that is based on robust science, repeatable methods, and open sharing, and incorporates recent advances in complex systems analysis.
  • Establish a platform upon which to implement and foster international collaboration and to build trust in foresight research and activities.