UNESCO’s role in UN meetings on global STI governance

UNESCO organizes or contributes to meetings within the United Nations system which strive to advance the global agenda on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.

World Science Forum
Every two years, UNESCO and its partners provide a global forum for more than 400 leading scientists, policy-makers, NGOs, educational institutions and research bodies, leaders of culture and industry to discuss the challenges facing science in the 21st century. Ultimately, the World Science Forum aspires to become to science what the Davos Forum is to economics.

ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Forum
In 2013, the theme of this forum was Science, technology and innovation and the potential of culture for promoting sustainable development and achieving the MDGs.

World Summit on the Information Society +10
In 2013, UNESCO hosted the 10-year review of the implementation of the recommendations of this summit.

Third United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20)
In 2012, UNESCO participated in the third Earth Summit, 20 years after the first Earth Summit in 1992.

Second United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +10)
In 2002, UNESCO participated in the second Earth Summit in Johannesburg (South Africa), 10 years after the first Earth Summit in 1992.

World Conference on Science
In 1999, UNESCO organized this major conference in tandem with the International Council for Science. The conference succeeded the United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development, often referred to as the Vienna Conference (1979).

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