World Science Forum - Special Event to Present the World Social Science Report
The findings of the "World Social Science Report 2013 - Changing Global Environments", which was recently launched during UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris, will be presented during a special session, on 25 November, at the 6th World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (24-27 November 2013).
The Report includes 100 articles written by 150 authors from 41 countries all over the world. Contributors include UNESCO specialists.
The authors, who represent some 24 different disciplines, and among whom a third are women, find that the impacts of climate change cannot be grasped without understanding the human context in which they unfold. The social sciences must thus reframe climate change and global environmental change as fundamentally social rather than physical problems.
They help us understand the challenges that humanity faces. The Report issues an urgent call to action.
Co-published by UNESCO, the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), it is divided into seven parts:
• The complexity and urgency of global environmental change and social transformation
• Social science capacity in global environmental change research
• The consequences of global environmental change for society
• Conditions and visions for change and sense-making in a rapidly changing world
• The responsibilities and ethical challenges in tackling global environmental change
• New approaches to governance and decision-making
• Contributions from International Social Science Council members, programmes and partners.
Ms Françoise Caillods (ISSC), Senior Advisor for this edition, will present the report and a UNESCO representative will explain its importance for UNESCO.