In late 2019, the UNESCO General Conference adopted a resolution to proclaim 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.
The International Year is intended to help highlight the crucial role of basic sciences for sustainable development, and emphasize their contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. These aims are strongly aligned with the ISC’s mission to increase evidence-informed decision-making on urgent global challenges, and its vision of science as a global public good.
The proposal for the International Year was developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), under the leadership of Michel Spiro, IUPAP President, with the encouragement and support of the ISC, and its many member and partner institutions, and UNESCO. The next step is for the United Nations General Assembly to decide whether to proclaim 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, and ISC will continue to support this initiative beyond 2019.
“I hope very much that the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development in 2022 will be proclaimed this year by the UN General Assembly, so that the message from the international science community of enhancing global awareness of basic sciences will open the door for more research, education and development in these fields.”Michel Spiro, President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, Chair of the Steering Committee for the proclamation of an International Year of Basic Sciences for Development in 2022, and former President of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Council