May 19, 2022

UNESCO’s General Conference Reaches Global Agreements On Artificial Intelligence, Open Science and Education

UPDATE Statements on Adoption of UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

SPARC Statement on UNESCO Ratification of Open Science Recommendation (November 29, 2021)

UNESCO Agrees Open Science Recommendation – Implications for Libraries (via IFLA)

International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) Applaud UNESCO Open Science Recommendation (November 25, 2021)

COAR and European University Association Welcome Adoption of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science (November 24, 2021)

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

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The 41st session of UNESCO General Conference ended yesterday with the adoption of key agreements demonstrating renewed multilateral cooperation for educational recovery, open science and the ethics of artificial intelligence.


Member States endorsed the Paris Declaration: A Global Call for Investing in the Futures of Education at a meeting which brought together Heads of State and Government and education ministers from 40 countries on the 10 November. The purpose of the meeting was to increase support for education in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. A key part of the event was the launch of a report Reimagining our futures together: a new social contract for education by UNESCO’s Director-General and the President of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde.

Another landmark moment was reached with the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science which was also adopted during the General Conference. Of particular relevance to global scientific cooperation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic , this agreement  promotes equality among scientists so that populations and policy-makers will reap the benefits of advances in science. More information is available at

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