UNESCO, WHO, CERN and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights are set to launch a joint appeal for open science Tuesday.
Through this appeal, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) will call on the international community to take all necessary measures to enable universal access to scientific progress and its applications.
The open science movement aims to make science more accessible, more transparent and thereby more effective.
A crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the urgent need to strengthen scientific cooperation and ensure the fundamental right to universal access to scientific progress and its applications.
“Open Science” is about free access to scientific publications, data and infrastructure, as well as open software, open educational resources and open technologies such as tests or vaccines.
The idea behind Open Science is to allow scientific information, data and outputs to be more widely accessible (Open Access) and more reliably harnessed (Open Data) with the active engagement of all the stakeholders (Open to Society).
It also promotes trust in science, at a time when rumours and false information abound.
By encouraging science to be more connected to societal needs and by promoting equal opportunities for all (scientists, policy-makers and citizens), Open Science can be a true game changer in bridging the science, technology and innovation gaps between and within countries and fulfilling the human right to science.
The recent response of the scientific community to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated very well, how open science can accelerate the achievement of scientific solutions for a global challenge.