Open access to facilitate research and information on COVID-19
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In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the value and necessity of Open Solutions is crucial. Open Access to scientific information and open data facilitate better and faster research towards a vaccine and inform public health measures essential to contain the spread of the virus. Open Educational Resources (OERs) keep citizens updated and educated about the virus, helping to ensure their compliance with public health advisories, and allow learning to continue at a distance. On this page, open solutions refers to peer reviewed open access journal articles and open scientific data, and our initiatives on open access and open scientific data are presented. For information on OERs, please visit this page.
Building on its existing mandate on ensuring Universal Access to Information, UNESCO in support of various professional organizations disposes of several tools and encourages various initiatives to tap into the power of open solutions in combatting Covid-19.
On 30 March 2020, UNESCO hosted an online meeting of representatives of science ministries of 122 countries to exchange views on the role of international cooperation in science and increased investment in the context of COVID-19. During the meeting, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay called on governments to reinforce scientific cooperation and integrate open science in their research programmes to prevent and mitigate global crises.
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