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The statements are signed by the British Academy, the Royal Society of Canada, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme, the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Science Council of Japan (SCJ), and the Social Science Research Council.

The statements (which are linked below) summarise the above representative bodies’ research findings on:

Community engagement: Focusing on how context specific to place, culture, social and economic factors, shapes people’s responses to COVID-19;
Education, skills and employment: Focusing on responses in and beyond the pandemic for education, work and employment;
Trust, transparency and data gathering: Focusing on how COVID-19 has affected society’s relationships with information, data, the media and the role of experts;
Inequalities and cohesion: Focusing on how COVID-19 has affected and highlighted inequalities and relationships between communities of people, and senses of community and belonging;
Fiscal policy and recovery: Focusing on how economies and societies can collectively harness their fiscal resources to respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Overview Statement

Professor R. Paul Young FRSC, International Secretary of the Royal Society of Canada said:

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on humanity and society will last well beyond the current crisis. We applaud the British Academy and G7 academies for initiating this process of positive engagement from the social sciences and humanities, and encourage G7 governments to utilise the lessons that will be learnt from this pandemic for current and future challenges facing society.”