Highlights from the International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development Forum 

  • 25 April 2024
  • Beijing, China
  • Beijing, China
  • In-person

The International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development Forum recently took place on 25 April 2024 in Beijing, co-organised by UNESCO, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality. This forum aimed to foster a culture of science and engage various stakeholders in advancing the vision and mission of the Sciences Decade. 

Carlos Alvarez Pereira, Secretary-General of the Club of Rome, made significant contributions at the forum. Emphasising the importance of ethically-driven knowledge development, he highlighted the need to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Pereira called for advancing interdisciplinary educational practices, optimising digital infrastructure, and fostering a global interdisciplinary network to boost scientific innovation for sustainable development. His advocacy for ethical knowledge underscores the necessity of harmonious coexistence between humanity and the planet. 

The forum featured a high-level dialogue on engaging society in fostering a culture of science, with scientists, experts, and senior government officials from nine countries sharing their perspectives. The event provided a unique platform for international scientific cooperation, aiming to leverage global scientific capabilities to build a sustainable future together. For more information on the forum and the objectives of the Sciences Decade, please check out this UNESCO article

This event marks the 10th anniversary of the construction of the Beijing Science and Technology Innovation Center and the first year of the “International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development.” The alignment of these milestones reflects a commitment to enhancing public scientific literacy, promoting international scientific cooperation, and strengthening support for basic science. 

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