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Report on the 3rd World Science and Technology Development Forum

The 3rd World Science and Technology Development Forum (WSTDF2021), themed on “Openness, trust and cooperation”, was successfully held both on site in Beijing and online, from 6 to 7 November 2021.

The forum was sponsored by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and supported by WFEO, UNESCO and the International Science Council (ISC). 205 guests from 19 countries and regions, including 7 Nobel laureates, attended the forum to share their views around the theme.

Gong Ke (President of WFEO), together with Wan Gang (President of CAST), Liu Zhenmin (the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations), Hou Jianguo (President of CAS), Li Xiaohong (President of CAE), Shabhaz Khan (Director of the UNESCO Office in Beijing), and Peter Gluckman (President of ISC), addressed at the open ceremony.

Prof Gong Ke strengthened that “the whole world is still struggling with the pandemic but is actively starting the new campaign of “build back better”. To build back better, we need to increase the global consensus facing to common threats. We must speed up the STI, in which the solutions for achieving the SDGs rooted. Moreover, we need open our STI systems and extend cooperation globally. To reverse the trend of climate change could neither be done by a single country, nor a single discipline. We need to treasure the value of openness, cultivate trust between multiple stakeholders, and promote global cooperation to make full use of collective wisdom tackling global challenging issues”.

Peter Gluckman pointed that the Open Letter Calling for Trust, Openness and Trust is a valuable statement and we need and must transcend national interests and enhance global cooperation to tackle multiple global crisis and challenges.

To build back better, we need to increase the global consensus facing to common threats. We must speed up the STI, in which the solutions for achieving the SDGs rooted.
Gong Ke, WFEO President

Gao Fu (Director-General of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention), Bernard Bigot (Director-General of the ITER Organization), Andre Geim (Co-recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics), Jonathan Gruber (Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Author of Jump-Starting America), Shu Yinbiao (President of International Electrotechnical Commission), Jakob Edler (Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research) and Zhou Qi (Vice President of CAS) made keynote speeches around the four main topics:

  • Science: the global public good
  • Innovation: the solution to sustainable development
  • Trust: the foundation of inclusive development and governance
  • Cooperation: the way of meeting challenges


Prof Gong also moderated the High-level Dialogue 1: Basic Discipline Frontiers and Science and Technology Community Cooperation (Samuel Ting, Wang Yifang, Wu Yuzhang, Mohamad Sawan, and Paul Hardake)

High-level Dialogue 2: Ethics and Governance of Science and Technology (Harry Shum, Zhai Xiaomei, Wang Guoyu, Zhou Bowen, Hervé Chneiweiss, Frederick Charled Dubee)
At the closing ceremony, the Open Letter to Global Scientific and Technological Community Calling for Openness, Trust and Cooperation was launched (available here, in Chinese and English). More than 260 organizations, including WFEO, UNESCO and ISC, supported the Open Letter calling for solidarity and cooperation to make science and technology better serve the well-being of humanity and contribute to the sustainable progress of human civilization.
Besides, The Ten Scientific Issues Concerning Human Social Development and Top 10 Emerging Technologies in Chemistry were also launched.

Dialogue of CCTV-4 at World Digital Economy Forum (Zhou Hongyi, Gong Ke, Chen Weihong, Xue Lan and Wang Jian)

World Digital Economy Forum, Open Science and Open Source for Innovation and Development Forum, Innovation, Cooperation and Development among SMEs Forum, Forum on Women in Science and Young Elite Scientists Summit were also held during WSTDF2021.


For more information:

3rd World Forum on Science and Technology Development website

China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE)

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