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UNESCO Global Consultations on Open Science

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UNESCO has launched a global consultation on Open Science with a view to developing a standard-setting instrument in the form of a Recommendation, to be adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2021.
CODATA has been invited to contribute to this process, to provide inputs from the organisation and to mobilise our global expert community.

Global Consultations on Open Science 

To build a global consensus on Open Science, the development of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science relies on an inclusive, transparent and consultative process involving all countries and all stakeholders.

The Recommendation is expected to define shared values and principles for Open Science, and point to concrete measures on Open Access and Open Data with proposals for action to bring citizens closer to science, and commitments for a better distribution and production of science in the world.

The process of drafting the Recommendation is regionally balanced, highly inclusive and collaborative. It involves multiple stakeholders and is expected to lead to the adoption of the Recommendation by UNESCO Member States in 2021.

In developing the Open Science Recommendation, UNESCO is gathering inputs from all the regions and all the interested stakeholders, through online consultations, regional and thematic meetings and numerous debates on implications, benefits and challenges of Open Science across the globe.

Online Consultation

Are you a scientist, a publisher, a science policy maker or someone with experience and interest in Open Science? Your input is important to the UNESCO process.  Please provide

Please participate in the survey designed to collect inputs for the development of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.  The survey may be completed (in English, French or Spanish) either online or downloading documents to be returned to the UNESCO team at

For all links and further information please see the page on the UNESCO website:

The deadline for submitting inputs is 15 June 2020.

Thematic and regional meetings

UNESCO will hold a series of online and face to face consultations to support an open debate on Open Science awareness, understanding and policy development to feed into the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. In this context, a series of regional and thematic consultations are being organized. For more information see the page on the UNESCO website or contact the UNESCO team at

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science will complement the 2017 Recommendation on Science and Scientific Research. It will also build upon the UNESCO Strategy on Open Access to Scientific Information and Research and the new UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources.

For further information and useful links please see the page on the UNESCO website: