World Social Science report
As a way to take stock and provide a catalogue of the extraordinary advances in the social sciences. These advances have taken place at the level of theoretical constructs, but also at the levels of methodology and of data generation and management. The social sciences are now regarded as comprising a fabric of concepts and testable theories, rapidly expanding pools of records and information, well-established rules of procedure, and world-wide networks of supporting institutions.
Shortly after the first Report, produced in 1999, UNESCO provided the Council with a remit to produce further reports that would serve as an ongoing capture of the state of the social sciences. It was decided that a theme will be chosen for each publication and that each theme will draw a voice from all areas of the globe — from Global South to Global North.