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UNESCO Science Report

Coming soon: 2021 UNESCO Science Report

The next UNESCO Science Report, "The race against time for smarter development" will be released on 31 May 2021.

There are fewer grounds today than in the past to deplore a North–South divide in research and innovation. This is one of the key findings of the UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030 launched on 10 November 2015.

For two decades now, the UNESCO Science Report has been mapping science, technology and innovation (STI) governance around the world on a regular basis. The report is published every five years, on 10 November, to mark World Science Day for Peace and Development.

Since STI do not evolve in a vacuum, this latest edition summarizes the evolution since 2010 against the backdrop of socio-economic, geopolitical and environmental trends that have helped to shape contemporary STI policy and governance.

Written by about 60 experts who are each covering the country or region from which they hail, the UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030 provides more country-level information than ever before. The trends and developments in science, technology and innovation policy and governance between 2010 and mid-2015 described here provide essential baseline information on the concerns and priorities of countries that should orient the implementation and drive the assessment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the years to come.

The report is available for download (pdf). You can also order a copy.

Read the Executive Summary in one of the following nine languages:
English | Français | Español | Русский | العربية | 中文
Português | Deutsch | Catalan

The report exists in five languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Russian. UNESCO has also published an excerpt from the report in Spanish, entitled a Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean. The chapter on Brazil also exists in Portuguese.

All resources related to the UNESCO Science Report are open access and may therefore be downloaded freely.

Contact the Editor-in-Chief, Susan Schneegans.


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The next UNESCO Science Report will be released on 31 May 2021.
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