FECYT publishes a policy report about European Science diplomacy
The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) published on the Day of Europe, last Saturday 9th May, the policy report “Calling for a Systemic Change: Towards a European Union Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges”. There is also an executive booklet available for fast reading.
The policy report has three main sections. First, it sets a proposal of a vision, mission, and principles for EU science diplomacy for addressing global challenges. Next, it identifies the main stoppers, warnings, and drivers for global collaboration in science, diplomacy, and science diplomacy.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for a global and multilateral response of all countries. In this context, science has a key role as a source of information for the design of global and national policies and strategies that have a subnational and local implementation.
Lastly, the policy report introduces the basis for a systemic change based on three transversal processes (learning system, integrative leadership, and change of culture) around five spheres: knowledge in policy-making, governance with no silos, building new alliances, strengthening institutions, and nurturing people or professionals in the science-policy-diplomacy interface.
This report is a product of the discussion of the global community of practitioners in science diplomacy that gathered in two international S4D4C networking meetings, celebrated in Madrid and Berlin.
Call for action!
The report is meant to be a live and collaborative document, so the authors invite scientists, diplomats, policy-makers, and other science diplomacy practitioners to provide comments, and ideas, and suggestions via e-mail to email@example.com by 10th October 2020. Please, those interested state your full name and job affiliation. Comments and contributions will help publish an improved version of the report by the end of 2020.
The European consortium “Using science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges” (S4D4C) is to support current and future European science diplomacy for the benefit of European capacities, EU foreign policy goals and especially the development of solutions for global challenges. The consortium aims to carry out empirical research and nurture a lively European science diplomacy community through the organisation of networking meetings, workshops, online courses and publication of policy reports and briefs that trigger public and policy discussion in the EU, Member states and interested institutions. S4D4C involves up to 10 European institutions among which FECYT is present. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 770342.