Second Consultation on the implementation of the 1974 Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers

UNESCO will collect information regarding the extent to which Member States have mainstreamed the principles of the 1974 Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers in their science, technology and innovation and other relevant systems in the period from 2013 to 2016, from 22 December 2016 to 22 May 2017.

In order to facilitate the preparation of reports by Member States on the implementation of 1974 Recommendation, the Executive Board of UNESCO approved, at its 200th Session, the guidelines containing a monitoring questionnaire, which will be circulated to Member States in English and French through the circular letter.

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The monitoring of the 1974 Recommendation can help ensure that scientific communities in all countries contribute effectively to sustainable development and peace for the present and future generations. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, foresees the strengthening of the science-policy-society interface and, in its SDGs Targets 17.6 and 17.8 respectively, envisages to “Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing” and to “fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least-developed countries by 2017… ”.

The Director-General of UNESCO will submit the consolidated report on the implementation of the 1974 Recommendation to the Executive Board, at its 202nd session, prior to transmitting the report to the 39th session of the Organization’s General Conference in 2017.

UNESCO invites its Member States to fill in the monitoring questionnaire in a participatory manner, in coordination with relevant national stakeholders including scientific societies, scientists, UNESCO UNITWIN Chairs, UNESCO Centres and Clubs, National Commissions for UNESCO, non-governmental organizations working in these areas and all those taking action to carry out the principles of this Recommendation.

To optimize the processing of the questionnaires, all respondents are requested to send their completed questionnaire by electronic mail to:


Member States are invited to submit the original hard copy of their responses by post to

Ms Nada Al-Nashif
Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Social and Human Sciences
7 place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP France

The deadline for the receipt of submissions by post and by e-mail is 22 May 2017 (midnight, Paris time).

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