Why an International Year?

A basic understanding of natural phenomena, and of those generated by human imagination and organization, is essential for the implementation of Agenda 2030. The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 will be a key moment of mobilization to convince of this economic and political leaders, as well as the public at large.

Basic Sciences and Sustainable Development

Agenda 2030, adopted in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly, is an integrated vision for the sustainable development of all the world’s populations. It is articulated into 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) towards which we must collectively strive. Several of these SDGs are explicitly linked to scientific advances:

  1. Health and well-being (SDG 3);
  2. Clean water and sanitation (SDG 6);
  3. Affordable and clean energy (SDG 7);
  4. Climate action (SDG 13);
  5. Life below water (SDG 14);
  6. Life on land (SDG 15).

But in fact all SDGs require the input of science and technology.


The Web

The WEB was invented at CERN from the need for global
collaboration for experiments in fundamental physics and it
has been developed thanks to powerful algorithms.


Vaccination has been strengthened and developed through
the identification of the viral origin of many diseases.

DNA sequencing

Progress in DNA sequencing, thanks to biomathematics,
chemistry and physics, is now guiding medicine towards
more effective individualized treatments.


Renewable energy production and storage depend on
advances in physics, chemistry and material sciences.
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Founding Unions & Partners

These organizations lead IYBSSD 2022

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High International Patronage Committee

Nobel Prize laureates and Fields Medallists

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These organizations support IYBSSD 2022

Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic
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UNESCO resolution

In November 2019, during its 40th session, the General Conference of UNESCO adopted a resolution recommending that 2022 should be proclaimed the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development by the UN General Assembly.

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