The Chinese Academy of Sciences will enhance dialogue and collaboration with peers from BRICS countries－Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa－to use big data as a tool to achieve sustainable development, scientists said during the BRICS Forum on Big Data for Sustainable Development, which began on April 26.
"All BRICS academies of sciences are committed to promoting the advancement of science and technology and social progress in our respective countries," he said.
Given the number of global challenges from food security to pandemic control, Zhang said it is imperative for scientific communities to create a toolbox containing more scientific knowledge and technological solutions to address these issues.
To fulfill the promise made by President Xi Jinping during the 75th UN General Assembly in 2020, China established the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals and launched the world's first satellite dedicated to serving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As for BRICS nations, Zhang said the scientific communities from the five countries have enjoyed close communication and fruitful cooperation in terms of high-level visits, academic seminars, joint research programs and personnel exchanges.
Guo Huadong, director-general of the center, said many indicators for sustainable development goals lack data support, which makes it difficult for experts and policymakers to accurately evaluate the situation and make scientific decisions.
Jonathan Jansen, president of the Academy of Science of South Africa, said big data can be used to help countries predict and manage global challenges from climate change to inequality, but it is also important for non-government organizations to play a role in using new technologies like big data to tackle these problems.
Alexander Sergeev, president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said it is important to combine efforts to build resilience and face global challenges together through scientific research.
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