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06.10.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Q & A on the High Panel on Science for Development

Shortly after the first meeting of the High Panel on Science for Development, Gretchen Kalonji, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences in UNESCO, spoke with Yojana Sharma of SciDev.Net to discuss the formation of the High Panel and its objectives.

The description of the Panel’s future role and interaction with the Natural Sciences Sector naturally lead to an account of the current focus areas for the Natural Sciences Sector and its priorities.   

The High Panel will help UNESCO fine-tune its response to current challenges in the social and natural sciences. ‘UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova has brought together an extraordinarily talented group of people, hoping to get a high-level vision of emerging trends in international science and engineering’, explained Ms Kalonji.

The High Panel, composed of 28 personalities who have achieved eminence in their field of expertise, will meet twice a year. In a world of science that is in constant flux, they will provide UNESCO with guidelines for the development of working strategies to promote sustainable development and advance the fight for the eradication of poverty. New partnerships with the private sector, civil society and academe are also to be examined.

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