A year ago, on 13 December 2019, the CEI Ministers in charge of science and research unanimously adopted the Trieste Declaration on Science, outlining the CEI Member States’ common vision on scientific cooperation and science diplomacy for the years to come. Within this shared framework, and notwithstanding the difficult situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CEI-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) has been able to implement coherent actions, by addressing several inputs included in the Declaration: it has initiated processes and launched initiatives to be carried on in the next CEI programming period 2021-2023.
On Science Diplomacy
The CEI-ES followed up on the Ministers’ encouragement by issuing a report entitled Science Diplomacy in CEI Member States elaborated by the University of Trieste. Although a preliminary attempt to map the Science Diplomacy landscape across the CEI area, this study has the merit of shedding light on a broad portion of Europe that had been generally ignored by the global debate on Science Diplomacy, as well as by the socio-political research.
Science Diplomacy is a multi-faceted concept that implies the implementation of different types of activities, which are aiming at a common objective: to bridge between the communities of scientists and diplomats, thus pooling resources, skills, and competencies to effectively tackle the most complex challenges of our times.
In action
Science-policy Interfaces 
quick reaction to Covid-19 Pandemic - establishment of joint CEI-WHO Task Force.
towards a Central and South-Eastern European Partner Facility for Solid Earth Science.
support to the establishment of SEEIIST.
participation of CEI scientific and business communities in ESOF.
CEI Contribution to UN Agenda 2030
The recently adopted UNGA Resolution valued positively the results achieved by the CEI in promoting science cooperation, stressing the importance of cooperation between the Initiative and the UN on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 
The way ahead
With the adoption of the "Trieste Declaration on Science", we have been able to translate shared political orientations in December 2019 into actions. In the next programming period, with our Plan of Action 2021-2023, we will prioritise scientific cooperation and science diplomacy in order to implement the CEI political mandate of supporting European integration and sustainable development in the broad portion of Europe covered by its membership.
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