“We acknowledge that scientific freedom can only be respected by society if it is based on strict ethical principles.
We call on the international scientific community to develop new standards for the fulfilment of academic freedom, and to create tools to describe, monitor and measure its integral conditions.
We acknowledge the vital nature of curiosity-driven basic sciences. We welcome the UNESCO’s designation of 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Development.
We reaffirm our support for the rights of refugee and other displaced scientists.
We reinforce our commitment to promote the right to science for all—including those underrepresented and underserved by science, such as women and minorities —as an essential precursor to sustainable and prosperous societies and durable peace.”
This text comes from the third part of the final declaration of the World Science Forum 2019 that has been held in Budapest from 20th to 23rd November 2019. The general theme of this forum was Science, Ethics and Responsibility.
The declaration itself has four parts :
- Science for global well-being
- Strengthen global standards in research integrity
- Fulfilment of academic freedom and the human right to science
- The responsibility and ethics of communicating science
You can read it in full here.