With just nine years to achieve the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), all countries and actors need to urgently intensify efforts and realign their priorities and resources towards longer-term, more collaborative and drastically accelerated action. Achieving the transformative vision of the SDGs by 2030 is also the most pressing challenge for science, requiring game-changing collective action within science systems and funding globally.
The report presents a framework of ideas on how science, along with science funders, policy-makers, civil society and the private sector, could rise to the challenge of acting effectively in the face of urgent and existential risks to humanity. For science to unleash its full promise, it must be focused, shielded and continually and substantially supported and promoted – both financially and politically – like the mission to the Moon. Ensuring an equal opportunity for a safe and dignified future for humanity should be worthy of a similar commitment.