STEM for peacebuilding initiatives
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are powerful tools of diplomacy for peacebuilding projects. Often they are not considered by peace makers or scientists due to difficult interdisciplinary dialogues. They also have to face the complexity of integrating new approaches.
STEM projects such as the ones supported by the UNESCO SIMEV Chair provide data, factual elements and technical skills that might help any peacebuilding initiatives.
Science diplomacy could be defined as “the use and application of scientific cooperation to help establish links and strengthen relations between societies, especially in areas where there may not be other official approach” (Read more in Science et Diplomatie : le cadre conceptuel – Dr Almamy Konté).
Science is then used to strengthen or build links between countries that have tense, limited, or non-existent relationships.