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International Scientific Cooperation


Intergovernmental Mobilization

  • Mobilization of Ministers from 122 countries to promote open science and reinforced cooperation in the face of COVID-19. Read the press release

    • Regional Ministers of Science online dialogues under organization in collaboration with the regional authorities

      • Regional Africa Ministers of Science online dialogue in collaboration with AUC-HRST. This is to provide a platform for a continental dialogue on International scientific cooperation in the fight against global pandemic such as COVID-19 and future threats.
      • Ministerial dialogue for Latin American countries jointly organized by UNESCO, IADB and OEI, in the frame of CILAC (12 May)
      • Partnership with Pakistan Academy of Sciences Webinar on Covid19 and Open Science on 11 May 2020
        Webinar on COVID19 in Open Science
        Press Release. Islamabad Statement for Action on Open Science)
      • Regional Arab Ministerial Virtual Meeting for Science and Research on May 19th, 2020. 
      • Relay and support by UNESCO/TWAS Council
      • Revaluing Science in Latin America and the Caribbean in the Face of the Pandemic. COVID-19: To revalue the role of science, UNESCO launched the social network campaign #nuestracienciaresponde to disseminate the achievements and progress of research groups in the region in relation to the Coronavirus COVID-19.

The urgent need for Open Science

As COVID-19 spreads rapidly around the world, crossing geographical borders it reminds us again that we all live on one, and only one, planet. Today, the world is in urgent need of rapid sharing of scientific information. Policy and decision-makers rely on scientific information to make evidence-based decisions to control the current outbreak and prevent any future one. When informed about scientific facts, citizens act more responsibly and are able to debunk misinformation.

The reaction of the scientific community and societies to the Coronavirus outbreak has reaffirmed the urgent need for a transition to Open Science. UNESCO, as the United Nation’s agency with the mandate in science, peruses Open Science as a game-changer in fulfilling the human right to science and bridging the science, technology and innovation gaps between and within countries. As tasked by its General Conference in November 2019, UNESCO is currently developing a Recommendation on Open Science, through a global consultation with all the relevant stakeholders. Aiming at building a coherent vision of Open Science and a shared set of overarching principles and values, this global standard setting instrument is intended to ensure that Open Science fulfills its game changing potential and leaves no one behind.

In the context of pressing planetary and socio-economic challenges, sustainable and innovative solutions require efficient, transparent and vibrant scientific efforts, not only stemming from the scientific community, but from the whole of society.

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Partners and Organisations:

  • UN Call for Technology Solutions for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts
  • UNESCO’s Organization for Women Scientists for the Developing World (OWSD) has published "Responding to COVID-19

    • Women scientists from developing countries tell their stories, a collection of accounts from 14 OWSD members from around the world describing how women scientists' research in various fields, including virology, epidemiology and genome sequencing is relevant to mitigating the effects of the present COVID-19 pandemic.
  • How are academies responding to COVID-19?

    • Academies around the world are playing their own part in national or regional initiatives – helping to ensure that trustworthy and credible information is reaching as many people as possible, much of it in local languages


  • ICTP is expanding its free, online, interactive streaming options for its seminars and colloquia to mitigate some of the effects of isolation during the COVID-19 emergency and beyond. Series of Colloquia by world experts on Epidemiology and Ecology related to the research conducted in the section of Quantitative Life Sciences:

    • Prof. Luca Ferretti on "Epidemic control of COVID-19 through instantaneous contact tracing: the case for a mobile app-based solution" (24 April 2020) (Recording available)

    • Prof. Alessandro Vespignani on "Computational Epidemiology at the time of COVID-19" (6 May 2020). Alessandro Vespignani is the Director of the Network Science Institute and Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor with interdisciplinary appointments in the College of Computer and Information Science, College of Science and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, USA. His research interests include complex systems and networks, and the data-driven computational modeling of epidemics. More Info, Live stream

    • Prof. Shivaji Sondhi on "Digital Herd Immunity and Covid-19": (13 May 2020 @ 16.00 hrs CET). Prof is Sondhi is a theoretical physicist, known for contributions to the field of quantum-condensed matter. More info

  • SciDipTalks: an online event as part of their series of Science Diplomacy and the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Global virtual conference, to focus specifically on the interface of science and policy and on science diplomacy during the current Covid-19 pandemic in partnership with INGSA – International Network for Government Science Advice

  • Webinar on COVID-19 with the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Laureates in collaboration with the L’Oréal Foundation