Last May 2020, S4D4C published the policy report entitled “Calling for a Systemic Change: Towards a European Union Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges”. Together with the publication of this policy report, S4D4C opened a public call for suggestions and recommendations to improving the document with the 10th October 2020 as the deadline.
Initially, the document aimed to develop a basis of common understanding across the EU and the rest of European stakeholders of a EU science diplomacy that contributes to addressing global challenges. The report was the result of the insights shared during the two first S4D4C international networking meetings in Madrid and Berlin, and the research and reflections made by S4D4C in our academic and policy publications over these last few years.
Science diplomacy can only thrive to its maximum if accompanied by a farsighted systemic change fostering higher and better interaction between stakeholders and their practice of exchanging knowledge.
The document was produced by our partner from Spain, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), with its team Lorenzo Melchor, Ana Elorza and Izaskun Lacunza, and with the contribution of many other S4D4C partners.
With the public call, feedback from external specialists in science diplomacy was gathered and it has now been implemented to the second and final version of the policy report.
“Calling for a Systemic Change. Towards a European Union Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges”
An executive booklet is also published for a quick read:
The policy report is divided into three sections:
- Where do we want to be? The EU science diplomacy vision, mission and principles for addressing global challenges, which are inspired by the Madrid Declaration on Science Diplomacy.
- Where are we? Main stoppers, warnings and drivers for addressing global challenges within each of the systems of science, diplomacy, and science diplomacy.
- How will we get there? The systemic change towards EU science diplomacy for addressing global challenges, that includes a set of policy recommendations focused on an integrative transformation and that takes into account three transversal processes (learning system, integrative leadership and change of culture) in five key spheres (knowledge, governance with no silos, alliances, institutions, and people).
The S4D4C Final Networking Meeting will take place from 15-19th March 2021, with this second and final version of the policy report being one of the documents setting the basis for further discussion.
To cite this report version, we suggest:
Melchor, Lorenzo, Ana Elorza, and Izaskun Lacunza (2021): Calling for a Systemic Change: Towards a European Union Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges. V 2.0. S4D4C Policy Report, Madrid: S4D4C. Available on: https://www.s4d4c.eu/new-version-calling-for-a-systemic-change-towards-a-eu-science-diplomacy-for-addressing-global-challenges