» Forum adopts declaration on new era of global science
21.11.2011 - UNESCO Office in Venice/UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector

Forum adopts declaration on new era of global science

© World Science Forum 2009 - Great hall

For the first time, the World Science Forum has adopted a declaration. Acknowledging that the landscape of science is changing rapidly, the declaration adopted by participants on 19 November also contains five recommendations. Participants call for the responsible and ethical conduct of research and innovation, an improved dialogue with society on scientific issues, the promotion of international collaboration in science, collaborative policies to overcome knowledge divides in the world and, lastly, for a reinforcement of capacity-building for science.

The declaration echoes some of the key trends identified by the <a jquery1321952984081="174" href="typo3/en/natural-sciences/science-technology/prospective-studies/unesco-science-report/unesco-science-report-2010/" class="internal-link">UNESCO Science Report 2010</a>. It states, for example, that ‘the former triadic dominance of North America, Europe and Japan in global knowledge production has been seriously challenged and a new multipolar world of science has emerged, accompanied by the rise of new scientific powerhouses, which are now not only prominent actors in the world economy but have become key players in cutting-edge research and development activities. In this new context of global science, science diplomacy is now an acknowledged tool to promote partnership among nations by fostering scientific co-operation.

This year, the biennial World Science Forum was organized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in partnership with UNESCO, the International Council for Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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