Follow-up to the World Conference on Science
At the 31st session of UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris in November 2001, 188 Member States and 6 Associate Members unreservedly approved the Organization’s Medium-Term Strategy for 2002-2007.
The beginning of 2002 saw the start of implementation of the Strategy, heralding a major phase in the follow-up to World Conference on Science. This phase built on efforts made by UNESCO and its partners during the two years that had elapsed since the event in Budapest. This new phase has embraced six years of fully-fledged partnership in the implementation of the recommendations formulated in the conference’s Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and Science Agenda - Framework for Action.
UNESCO produced an online newsletter on follow-up to the World Conference on Science, to which partners were encouraged to contribute. It also published a report on the first 30 months of follow-up, entitled Harnessing Science to Society. Both are freely accessible online at the World Conference on Science website.
As part of follow-up to the World Conference on Science, UNESCO instituted World Science Day for Peace and Development, which falls on 10 November every year.
The International Forum of Young Scientists organized by UNESCO during the conference was also turned into a permanent structure. It officially became the World Academy of Young Scientists in 2004, before being renamed the World Association of Young Scientists in 2008.
Programme of the World Conference on Science
Outcome of the World Conference on Science
The World Science Forum
The first World Science Forum on Knowledge and Society (2003)
The second World Science Forum on Knowledge, Ethics and Responsibility (2005)
The third World Science Forum on Investing in knowledge: Investing in the Future (2007)
Read a brief History of the World Conference on Science and World Science Forum
World Science Forum 2009
Speakers at the three World Science Fora
Tomorrow’s Davos of Science?