Science-based international conventions and declarations

Science and diplomacy together sometimes are able to establish international conventions or declarations. They can be used by both stakeholder groups to plan next steps and coordinate the cooperation.


United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force on 21 March 1994 and in the meantime reached near-universal membership. The 197 countries that have ratified the Convention are called Parties to the Convention. Preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC.

The bi-annual World Science Forum (WSF) traditionally ends with a declaration on key topics on the interface between science and policy.

EU research ministers confirmed at a Ministerial Conference on the European Research Area (ERA) in Bonn the freedom of science. In signing the “Bonn Declaration on Freedom of Scientific Research” political support for the values that form the foundation of the European Research Area was given. The Bonn Declaration is an important political symbol.

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Keywords: Statements, Declarations, Documents, Policy, Conferences, Committees, Academic freedom, Ethics, Integrity, Climate Action, Documents

Laure-Anne Plumhans

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