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UNESCO’s recommendations for research

UNESCO’s recommendations for science and researchers are used as a joint reference in research collaboration across national borders. They were updated in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.

Download UNESCO's brochure on the recommendations External link.

The recommendations show how the member states regard science, and what values the countries share. They complement national and international codes of conduct, principles and guidelines relating to research ethics and development. Issues raised are, for example:

  • open access to research data and open science
  • collaboration between science and society
  • research-level education
  • ethical issues
  • dissemination of research results
  • academic freedom
  • gender equality
  • non-discrimination.

The recommendations underline the responsibility of science to develop more humane, fair and inclusive societies, and to support the UN's ideals for peace and wellbeing. As from 2020, UNESCO will be following up every four years how the member countries are working with the recommendations.

About UNESCO

UNESCO is the UN's organisation aimed at creating peace through increased collaboration between member countries within education, science, culture and communication. The Swedish National Commission for UNESCO functions as a national advisory and expert authority. The Commission forms a link between the Government, public authorities, experts and organisations active within UNESCO’s areas.

Go to the website of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO External link.

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