While TWAS hosts one of the secretariat offices of IAP at its headquarters in Trieste, Italy; as an academy of science, TWAS is also a member of IAP. TWAS, however, is dedicated to building scientific capacity in the South, on the understanding that having access to local expertise and local understanding is the best way for nations to tackle their science and technology (S&T)-related challenges. TWAS also focuses on building the capacity of young scientists in the South to engage in science diplomacy.
IAP, on the other hand, promotes the use of the best available scientific knowledge in national, regional and global policymaking. Both organizations are also dedicated to promoting the use of S&T to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In this article, authors argue that for the international science community to move concretely towards sustainable development outcomes, they must work towards developing a practice of Science Diplomacy that is based on three tenets: international scientific knowledge and methods, a local experience which we characterize borrowing James Scott’s notion of metis, and an unwavering commitment to SDG#17 (Partnerships for the Goals) and SDG#10 (Reduced Inequality). By doing so, we can tackle both fast and slow-burn issues in science diplomacy, effectively working towards progress across the SDGs, supporting women in science, and welcoming refugee and displaced scientists.
This article was published in the January-March 2021, Vol 4 (3) edition of Science Diplomacy, India’s Global Digest of Multidisciplinary Science.