Science, technology and innovation policy

Meeting Global Challenges through Better Governance: International Co-operation in Science, Technology and Innovation


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Pages: 242
ISBN 978-92-64-17870-0
Published June 2012



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.

Table of contents

Summary (English, French)

Chapter 1. Addressing global challenges through collaboration in science, technology and innovation

Chapter 2. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

Chapter 3. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and global health issues

Chapter 4. The Group on Earth Observations

Chapter 5. The International Atomic Energy Agency

Chapter 6. The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

Chapter 7. International Energy Agency Implementing Agreements

Chapter 8. European Joint Programming Initiatives

Chapter 9. Improving science, technology and innovation governance to meet global challenges

Chapter 10. Effective international science, technology and innovation collaboration: From lessons learned to policy change

Annex A. Mini case study: Global carbon capture and storage institute

Annex B. Mini case study: International arabidopsis genome research project

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