The report "Calling for a Systemic Change: Towards a European Union Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges", prepared by FECYT as partners of the H2020 project Using Science for/in Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges - S4D4C , is a summary of a series of co-creation networking meetings of the European and global scientific, diplomatic and science diplomacy communities, of key outputs from the S4D4C project and input from researchers and key opinion leaders in the field as well as from our own practice in science diplomacy over the last years.
Science diplomacy, understood as a series of structured practices at the intersection of science, technology and foreign policy, can become a fundamental dimension to the European Union (EU) and its Member States (MS). EU science diplomacy can contribute to address this current crisis as well as other global challenges, promoting both sustainable development and just and socially fair approaches. This would also help EU position itself as a global role model in integrative leadership and multilateral responses.
The report defends that for science diplomacy to become effective, European stakeholders need to develop a basis of common understanding of i) what EU science diplomacy vision, mission, and principles should be for addressing global challenges, ii) the current EU science diplomacy state of the art and its stoppers, warnings and drivers and iii) a strategy on how to achieve that vision.
Both the full report and a summary are available for downloading.
The authors want the report to be a collaborative document and are calling for comments, contributions, and ideas on how to develop implementation plans (with potential milestones and progress assessment) for the fifteen recommendations towards the EU and other important stakeholders (as to be found in the report).
If interested, you may send your name, affiliation and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10th October 2020.