Solyom said in his opening address, "It has finally dawned on us
just how unsustainable the way humankind governs its life on the
planet truly is."
"The planet is not a subsystem of the economy but quite the
opposite: the economy is a subsystem of our complex human society
that, in turn, is embedded in and dependent on the natural systems
of the planet. Governments have to act with urgency; they have to
invest public resources quickly, having recognised this paradigm,"
the president said.
"Who needs more knowledge, and who needs knowledge more: the
electorate, the consumer or politicians and business leaders; the
industrialised North or the accelerating South?"
MTA President Szilveszter E Vizi said that knowledge should
always be used appropriately and every effort should be made to find
answers to the health, social and environmental challenges facing
mankind. "To attain this goal, we should first of all learn from one
another," he said.
The World Science Forum, being held for the third time in
Budapest, is host to 400 scientists and scholars from over 60
countries, as well as senior political decision makers.
The prestigious event is jointly organised by the MTA, UNESCO,
the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the European Union.