By: Hannah PellThe COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the necessity of global scientific cooperation and open science , the right of citizens to accessible and transparent science. Scientific research spending grew by 19.2%, but almost half of this increase (44%) can be accounted for by China alone. Notably, such a lack of equal representation may continue and perpetuate the misuse of AI technologies, particularly through gender bias. Our “race against time” stresses the urgency with which we must work together, globally, to address these complex and interdependent issues. UNESCO reminds us of the need to maintain public confidence in science and the collective benefits of prioritizing sustainability in our approach to science governance.