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Science for global understanding

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Science  10 Nov 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6364, pp. 699
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3789

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Since its founding in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been a leading convener and advocate for the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Every year since 2001, on 10 November, UNESCO's World Science Day reminds us of the importance of science for sustainable development and peace. This year's theme, “Science for Global Understanding,” also underpins the debates of scientists and policy-makers from around the world who are convening in Jordan this week at the UNESCO World Science Forum. One of their key concerns is the growing criticism of scientific integrity and denial of scientific findings. Building trust in science and fostering scientific excellence is central to all of UNESCO's work.