World Science Forum closing statement commits to use of science for global sustainable devlopment


wsf_rio_16The closing session of the 6th World Science Forum today published its closing declaration with delegates from over 100 countries pledging to advance the use of Science for global sustainable development. The declaration will now be taken forward by UNESCO as a key starting point for preliminary planning of the Post-2015 Millennium Sustainable Development Goals. Based on three days of intense and informed debate, the declaration contains 5 main recommendations for action:

  1. Harmonization of global and national efforts
  2. Education to reduce inequalities and promote global and sustainable science and innovation
  3. Responsible and ethical conduct of research and innovation
  4. Improved dialogue with governments, society, industry and media on sustainability issues
  5. Sustainable mechanisms for the funding of science

As WSF President Professor József Pálinkás emphasized at the closing plenary session of the Forum: “The declaration provides a clear statement not just for policy makers but also the public on the essential role science can play in achieving global sustainability.” Full text