The third World Social Science Forum (WSSF), placed under UNESCO’s patronage, will be held at the International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa, from 13 to 16 September 2015 and will focus on the issues of inequality and justice as core concerns around which discussions about global relations must be structured.
The WSSF is organized by the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa), along with a consortium of academic and research institutions, African think-tanks and related science policy organizations.
The Forum is the most significant gathering of social scientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders to drawn from all the regions of the world and across different disciplinary interests in the social sciences and humanities.
It serves as a platform for presenting new knowledge and insights, charting new directions, promoting innovation in the research-policy-action nexus, and nurturing new international partnerships.
The 2015 WSSF is being convened under the theme of 'Transforming Global Relations for a Just World'.
UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Ms Nada Al-Nashif, will represent the Director-General of UNESCO in the opening session of the Forum.
UNESCO, under its Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, is organising three main events:
- Panel “Achieving gender equality: mobilizing social science and human rights”.
- Plenary Panel on "Contributing to a just world within the Post 2015 agenda: Which role for social Science?".
- Panel “The Sir Arthur Lewis Centennial Panel”