Call for Expressions of Interest: The ISC encourages members and the international science community to submit letters of support for a UN-designated International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.

The official website of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development is www.iybssd2022.org.


The recent UNESCO General Conference has adopted a resolution to proclaim 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Development (IYBSSD).

This is great news, as the Year would 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 (SDGs).

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 IYBSSD would complement nicely the ISC initiatives to support the 2030 Agenda.

The proposal for the 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 members, 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.

In order to enhance the chance of this process to be successful, we invite ISC Members and International Scientific Initiatives to write Expression of Interest letters. The letters should indicate why this initiative timely and important, the kind of activities that your organization could undertake in support of the Year’s ambitions, and include the name of a contact point.

Expressions of interest should be addressed to Michel Spiro, IUPAP President,
and sent to info@iybssd2022.org or via the form below by 31 March.

For more information on the international year, please see the website at www.iybssd2022.org.

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