Forum and launch of UNESCO Science Report 2010 for World Science Day (10 November)
To celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development (November 10), UNESCO is holding the InterParliamentary Forum of Science, Technology and Innovation for the Mediterranean Region at Headquarters in Paris (9 and 10 November). The UNESCO Science Report 2010 will be launched during the Forum (10 November).
The Forum, organized by UNESCO, ISESCO and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, is one of a series of such events initiated by UNESCO in 2003 to promote dialogue about science, technology and innovation policy. It will bring together parliamentarians, scientists and journalists from the Mediterranean Region.
As a part of the Forum’s programme, the UNESCO Science Report 2010 will be launched by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on 10 November. Five of the Report’s authors have been invited to present their findings during a 90-minute session beginning at 11 a.m. in Room XI.
The five authors are:
- Professor Luc Soete, Director of UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, Netherlands
- Dr Moneef Zou’bi, Director-General of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences
- Dr Ousmane Kane, former Executive Director of the African Regional Centre for Technology
- Professor Sunil Mani, Planning Commission Chair, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
- Professor Hernan Chaimovich, Chief Executive Officer of the Butantan Foundation in Brazil
The Science Report, written by a team of international experts, presents an overview of global trends in science and technology, based on a wide range of qualitative and quantitative indicators. It is divided into chapters devoted to the various regions, with spotlights on certain individual countries. The previous UNESCO science reports were published in 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2005.
Another highlight of Science Day at UNESCO will be an exhibition of “Les sciences arabes” (Arabic sciences), in the Salle des Pas Perdus (10 to 15 November), and other scientific exhibits.
Around the world, Science Day workshops, conferences and festivals will be organized by UNESCO in Italy, Ethiopia, Republic of Congo, Argentina, Qatar, Indonesia, China, Palestine and Swaziland.
This year, World Science Day recognizes the role of science in facilitating the rapprochement of peoples and cultures through its contribution to the advancement of “mutual knowledge and understanding of people”.
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