We are all invited to celebrate basic sciences for sustainable development

Sustainable development of all the world’s populations is articulated into 17 Sustainable Development Goals, approved by the United Nations General Assembly in september 2015, and towards which we must collectively strive. All these SDGs require the input of basic sciences.

The United Nations General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution that promulgates 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.

The Opening ceremony and conference will be held 1st July 2022 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Any organization or group of people is entitled to propose an activity to celebrate this international year between 1st January 2022 and 30th June 2023.

Basic sciences and sustainable development

  • Vaccination has been strengthened and developed through the identification of the viral origin of many diseases.
  • 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.
  • Renewable energy production and storage depend on advances in physics, chemistry and material sciences.

Main topics

  • Enhancing inclusive participation in science
  • Strengthening education and scientific training
  • Financing basic sciences
  • Generalize open science

Schedule

  • 1st July 2022 – Opening ceremony – Paris, France
  • 13-15 September 2022 – Science and ethics for sustainable development – Quy Nhon, Viet Nam
  • 20-22 September 2022 – World conference on basic sciences and sustainable development –  Belgrade, Serbia

Basic Sciences in the age of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is going on for more than a year now, has costed too many lives, and disrupted even more.

Without the results produced for decades, and even centuries, by basic, curiosity-driven scientific research, however, the global situation would have been much worse.

Without basic sciences, how would we know that infection is caused by a virus, what does that virus look like, what are its genetic sequence and variations? We could go on with a long list: testing, treatments, vaccines, epidemiological modeling, and even high-speed, long-distance communications – in short, everything that helps us fight the pandemic and its consequences – are all rooted in basic sciences.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder (so stark and brutal that we would prefer to have been spared) of our dependence on basic science to ensure balanced, sustainable, and inclusive development of the planet.

The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 will put the spotlight on the links between the basic sciences and the Sustainable Development Goals. It will be a key moment of mobilization to convince economic and political leaders, as well as the general public, of their importance.

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