Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers

 

Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers


Republic of Honduras

10 Key Areas

Measures taken by Member States (2021)
Were translations made?
no
What improvements could be made?
N/A
Was it transmitted to competent authorities?
yes
What improvements could be made?
N/A
Were consultations held?
no
Please state which were made and which could still be made
N/A
Were new measures taken for compliance?
no
Please state which were made and which could still be made and whether any is foreseen
IHCIETI is currently in the process of approving the first National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation, for its implementation and monitoring.
Data on Conditions of Scientific Researchers
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
Non-Discrimination and Diversity in Employment of Researchers
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
Target 9.5 of Agenda 2030
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered ?
yes
Capacities for Research Informing Public Policy and Decision-making
Were new measures taken for compliance?
no
Please state which were made and which could still be made and whether any is foreseen
yes
Science Diplomacy
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
Brain Drain
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
no
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
1. The responsibility of science towards the United Nations’ ideals of human dignity, progress, justice, peace, welfare of humankind and respect for the environment.
Helps achieve Sustainable Development Goals
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
Helps achieve Gender Equality
Were new measures taken for compliance?
yes
Please state which were made and which could still be made and whether any is foreseen
yes
2. The need for science to meaningfully interact with society and vice versa.
Knowledge Society
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
Peaceful Applications of S&T
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
Scientific Culture
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
3. The role of science in national policy and decision making, international cooperation and development.
Uses S&T Knowledge for Decision-Making and Policy
Were new measures taken for compliance?
no
Please state which were made and which could still be made and whether any is foreseen
yes
Scientists Advise Government
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
no
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
4. Promoting science as a common good.
Openness
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
5. Inclusive and non-discriminatory work conditions and access to education and employment in science.
Non-Discrimination and Diversity
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
6. Any scientific conduct is subject to universal human rights standards.
Human Right to Science
Were new measures taken for compliance?
yes
Please state which were made and which could still be made and whether any is foreseen
yes
Human Right to Health
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
Other Human Rights
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
7. Balancing the freedoms, rights, and responsibilities of researchers.
Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
8. Scientific integrity and ethical codes of conduct for science and research and their technical applications.
Regulations Impacting on Research
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
Ethics Infrastructure
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
no
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
9. The vital importance of human capital for a sound and responsible science system.
Careers, Mobility
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered?
yes
Learning
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered ?
yes
International Travel
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered ?
yes
Social Security
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
no
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered ?
yes
Appraisal
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
no
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered ?
yes
10. The role of Member States in creating an enabling environment for science and research.
Infrastructure and S&T Services
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered ?
yes
Public Funding
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered ?
yes
Work Conditions
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
yes
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered ?
yes
Publication
Have measures been taken to implement the norms and standards of the Recommendation?
no
Have any obstacles to compliance with its norms and standards been encountered ?
yes
Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs
In the period 2017-2020 were measures in place to encourage that STI is geared to help achieve SDGs?
yes
If yes, please describe
We have a complete draft for the first National S&T Plan that considers programmes towards achieving SDGs, and this is in the process of being approved by national authorities. We made a proposal to the Education Secretary in regards to implement a program of using scientific and technology knowledge to create innovation and entrepreneurship, but again it was truncated and not completed because of political turmoil and covid confinement plus now the natural disasters.
Are there any obstacles to achieving SDGs observed in your country that relate to the STI system?
yes
If yes, please describe
STI is still in its early stages and cannot target all SDGs at once. Need more investment, infrastructure and human resources. There are still considerable gaps in access to education and health care, and more research needs to be industry-based to promote innovation and industry, but also to address important environmental issues. Obstacles where mentioned in the paragraph mentioned before.
Does your country have an overall integrated plan for designing and developing STI policies and practices geared towards achieving the SDGs, such as an STI roadmap for SDGs (this practice is encouraged by the UN)?
yes
If yes, please describe and attach
The first National S&T Plan (towards 2040) is currently in the process of being reviewed and approved by national authorities to begin its implementation, and this Plan includes actions that will help towards achieving SDGs.
Is your national STI system designed and managed to support the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals?
no
If yes, please describe
It is partially structured to do this by means of a National Council for the Promotion of Science, Technology and Innovation, which approves all of the STI strategies aligned towards SDGs, but it needs to be strengthened in terms of capacity building, monitoring and follow-up to ensure objectives are met and that results are relevant. We hope that through the implementation of the National S&T Plan, this can be managed more adequately, as the Plan is tailored to establish strategies, priorities and national objectives for all actors to develop and work together towards the same vision, with a clear roadmap.
What economic, finance and policy tools are available to advance STI geared towards sustainable development and effectively meeting the SDGs?
There are a few tools available that were created with the approval of the Law-Decree for the Promotion and Strengthening of STI Development in February 2013. One of the main tools is the establishment of the National Ministry of STI (SENACIT), and the Honduran Institute for STI (IHCIETI) at the policy level, which implements and finances multiple S&T projects and programmes, particularly in R&D, human resources development in STEM-related fields, and entrepeneurship training and funding programmes for StartUps. Additionally, we can mention the National S&T Plan, the National Fund for Financing of S&T, and several cooperation and collaboration projects for actions relevant to the SDGs.
How do international development cooperation policies address the role of STI for global development?
We live in a globalized world, and the current problems and challenges we face cannot be targeted in isolation, they requiere global solutions and concerted actions. These health and sanitary problems, natural crises, political conflicts, and economic recession, among others, hamper the socioeconomic development of our countries, as we have observed in 2020. We require policies that aim to promote and develop innovative solutions to achieve SDGs. Country-wise, IHCIETI as the focal point for STI policies and strategies, participates actively in regional and global dialogues and networks, and works closely with different international entities like IDB, to identify themes and action points that lead to collaboration projects and the development of national and international policies focused towards various aspects of STI, such as mobilization, education and professional training programmes open science, technology transfer, industry-focused R&D, and economic recovery post-covid.
How is international science and research collaboration policy shaped and managed in order to contribute to achieving the SDGs
Similar to the previous response, international collaboration is key to addressing current global problems, including climate change, the ongoing health crisis, economic recession, among others. More recently, there has been increasing dialogue and focus on topics like open science and global networks to shape international policies and improve collaboration so that access to scientific knowledge can be a common good, free for all, as well as policies and strategies that promote linkages with industry as a key factor for economic reactivation post-covid, and to improve preparedness and resilience in the face of other potential crises.