May 22, 2022

“UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science Has Been Unanimously Adopted in its Entirety By Member States”

UPDATE (November 25, 2021) COAR and European University Association Welcome Adoption of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

UPDATE (November 17, 2021) Statements From Frontiers and STM About Adoption of UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

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From the International Science Council:

Source: International Science Counci

The road to the Open Science Recommendation being adopted commenced with a resolution from the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 2019, where 193 Member States tasked UNESCO with the development of an international standard-setting instrument.

That instrument, the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, has now been adopted by Member States at its 41st General Conference.


Geoffrey Boulton an ISC Governing Board member intervened for the ISC, and warned the conference that:

The fundamental principles of Open Science are close to crisis point. An increasingly dysfunctional science publishing system undermines the scrutiny that is vital to the maintenance of scientific rigour, inhibiting access to the record of science in ways that undermine global inclusion which in turn risks the loss of public trust.

Geoffrey Boulton, ISC Governing Board Member

Megha Sud, ISC Science Officer and project lead for Open Science said:

While there was a palpable sense of buoyancy in the room of having achieved this milestone, there is also a realization that the real work begins now. The implementation of the Recommendation will need to be undertaken with the science community at the centre, and with a keen eye on the potentials to be realized and pitfalls to be avoided as the science system evolves in response to these efforts.

Megha Sud, ISC Science Officer

Read the Complete Post (Including Full Text of Geoffrey Boulton’s Intervention)

See Also: UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science Finalized by Member States (May 11, 2021)

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