» Launch of the UNESCO science report at the European Parliament
02.06.2016 - Natural Sciences Sector

Launch of the UNESCO science report at the European Parliament

“Sustainability will depend on the capacity of States to place science and innovation at the heart of national strategies for development” stressed UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, Flavia Schlegel, during a presentation of the "UNESCO Science Report : Towards 2030" at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The event, organized in partnership with the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), aimed to share the main conclusions of the report with European decision makers and foster a dialogue on science policy.

Parliamentarians are central in facilitating improved science governance because they contribute to the governments’ strategic vision and operational activities at the national, regional and global levels. But above all, Parliamentarians provide the legal framework for the development and regulation of the STI national systems” continued Flavia Schlegel. The event also counted with the participation of STOA Chair Paul Rübig and JRC Director-General Vladimír Šucha.

Published in November 2015, the UNESCO Science Report : Towards 2030 covers the trends and developments in science, technology and innovation policy and governance between 2009 and mid-2015 and thus provides essential baseline information on the concerns and priorities of countries that should orient the implementation and drive the assessment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the years to come. For two decades now, the UNESCO Science Report series has been mapping science, technology and innovation (STI) around the world on a regular basis. The report is published every 5 years and will serve as a monitoring tool for countries and regions to assess progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

This event is part of a broader cooperation between UNESCO and the JRC on scientific capacity building in developing countries and developing the science-policy interface, which was recently highlighted during a “Science Meets Parliament” event that aimed to improve the culture of evidence-based policy-making and to stress the importance of science.

The report is available freely for download. You can also order a copy. It is being translated into Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish

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