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UNESCO, 2000, 544 pp.
(Published by BANSON, 3 Turville Street, London ED 7 HR UK)

Science for the Twenty-First Century
A New Commitment

bullet Towards a ‘social contract’ for science

In convening the World Conference on Science, from 26 June to 1 July 1999 in Budapest, Hungary, UNESCO and ICSU, in co-operation with other partners, provided a unique forum for a much-needed debate between the scientific community and society.

The Conference addressed and involved national governments and institutions, educational and research establishments, members of the scientific community, the industrial sector, intergovernmental organizations and international scientific non-governmental organizations as well as the media and the general public.

Over 1800 delegates representing 155 countries, 28 IGOs and more than 60 international NGOs participated in the meeting, including approximately 80 Ministers of Science and Technology, Research and Education or their equivalents.

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bullet Contents of the volume

The present volume contains a carefully edited selection of the main conference materials. It includes all lectures given by invited speakers at the plenary sessions, in addition to the materials of the thematic meetings in the form of summaries and debate reports. These cover a wide range of topics, from science education and the sharing of knowledge to the modern approach to complex systems, ethical issues in modern science, the role of scientific expertise in decision-making, science in the service of development, science and other forms of knowledge, or new mechanisms of funding science.

In addition the volume contains the main conference documents: the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and the Science Agenda – Framework for Action, as well as other relevant materials prepared on occasion of this singular meeting.

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bullet Contents include:
  • Opening and closing keynote addresses

  • Forum I: Science, achievements, shortcomings and challenges
     - Keynote speeches
     - Thematic meetings on:
    The nature of science
    The universal value of fundamental science
    Science in response to basic human needs
    The scientific approach to complex systems,

  • Forum II: Science and society
    - Keynote speeches
     - Thematic meetings on:
    Public perception of science
    Science for development
    Setting priorities in a new socio-economic context
    Gender mainstreaming in S&T
    A new social contract for science,
  • Forum III: Towards a new commitment

  • Principal conference documents

bullet A tool for follow-up

The World Conference on Science has proved to be a milestone event in the march towards a ‘social contract’ for science as we begin the twenty-first century.

Governments, representatives of civil society and the scientific community will find in the present volume a wealth of ideas, proposals and recommendations for constructive change.

bullet An invitation to participate
UNESCO and ICSU are preparing a report for 2001 on follow-up activities undertaken around the world. For further details, or to inform the Secretariat of your own initiatives, write to Howard Moore, at

All partners are also invited to contribute short ‘news items’ on their initiatives, to the electronic WCS Follow-up Newsletter.

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