As part of the Network of Scientific Institutions within the United Nations Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board, the GYA holds a significant role in contributing to discussions on emerging scientific and social trends. Recognising our distinctive character, the UNSG Scientific Advisory Board sought our perspective on the outlook for 2024, underscoring our commitment to being a resonant voice within the global scientific community. In response to this high-level request, the GYA leadership convened a thoughtful internal consultation.
This concise report delineates how the GYA envisions 2024 in terms of scientific and social innovations, providing a glimpse into the anticipated challenges and innovations on the near horizon. The internal consultation, conducted from 21 December 2023 to 10 January 2024, engaged our global membership through an online form. This inclusive approach ensured a comprehensive representation of insights, reflecting the voices of our diverse and multidisciplinary community. Participants were prompted to reflect on emerging innovations within their respective fields, explore cross-disciplinary possibilities, and consider global priorities that warrant attention in the upcoming year.
The 20 respondents to this consultation represented a diverse cohort hailing from 15 different countries. Geographically, 8 respondents were from the Global South, while 12 were from the Global North. Gender distribution among participants revealed 9 women and 11 men, reflecting a balanced engagement of perspectives.
It is crucial to acknowledge that while this consultation and report may not represent a fully refined product, they do serve as a valuable snapshot of the aspirations, concerns, and expectations of the GYA community as we navigate the complex interplay of science and society in the year ahead.
Organised into three sections, this report provides a comprehensive view of the GYA’s collective outlook for 2024. The first section delves into the perspectives of our members within their respective fields, examining emerging innovations and potential transformative impacts. Subsequently, the second section broadens the perspective, capturing insights from diverse disciplines beyond our experts’ areas of specialisation. Finally, the third section unveils global priorities as perceived by our community, offering thoughtful recommendations on where support, funding, governance, and advocacy should be directed to address pressing global challenges. Together, these sections illuminate the opinions and anticipations within the GYA for the year 2024.