Meeting Global Challenges through Better Governance

International Co-operation in Science, Technology and Innovation

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In recent years, the need to address social and environmental challenges has grown in urgency. Climate change, global health, food security and many other global challenges cross national borders and affect a wide range of actors. Yet, in most cases, single governments cannot provide effective solutions. Global challenges call for co-operation on a global scale to build capacity in science, technology and innovation (STI) at both national and international levels. How can international co-operation in STI be scaled up and its scope broadened? How do different modes of governance of international co-operation in STI function and which modes lead to effective and efficient collaboration?

Based on case studies, this book presents lessons and good practices on a range of governance mechanisms used for international co-operation in STI to address global challenges. The studies cover organisations that address global challenges including agriculture, food security, health, energy and climate change as well as organisations that bring together various types of actors. It takes a first step towards understanding the complexity of governance of international STI collaboration and provides the basis for future research.   


The International Atomic Energy Agency

Since its establishment in 1957 the broad mandate of the IAEA has concerned the contribution of nuclear technologies to sustainable development throughout the world and the verification of their peaceful use. This case study focuses on two IAEA programmes directly related to international co-operation on science, technology and innovation and the deployment of new knowledge and innovations. The IAEA combines joint research, knowledge exchange, technical co-operation and capacity building to address global challenges through the development and implementation of sustainable solutions. In the absence of an implementing structure at the country level it has built partnerships with member country organisations or countries belonging to the United Nations.


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