24th November 2013

Video message of Hungarian President, János Áder for the Rio World Science Forum

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to convey to you my best wishes as the Head of State of Hungary, and as one of the patrons of the World Science Forum.

I am speaking to you as the proud President of a country which has given the world thirteen Nobel Laureates. One of them, Dénes Gábor – who invented holography – said the following: “Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.”

The words of Dénes Gábor nearly fifty years ago could even serve as the motto of your conference now. You are meeting in Rio to send yet another important message to the world. A message about sustainable development, and what is at stake; How we can prevent the collapse of our civilization and our natural environment.

Scientists can do a lot to change at least three things in order to achieve this objective.

You can do a lot to make more and more people realize the immense gravity of these issues. Even those people who today are still walking with their eyes closed, or who have their heads in the sand.


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