12.10.2011 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Mobilizing Intellectual and Financial Resources from Diaspora for Knowledge-Based Sustainable Development in SEE

STIGAP/Project Concept Note ©StatPlanet

UNESCO Venice Office, together with the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office, the Regional Cooperation Council, Center for e-Governance Development in SEE (CeGD), the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (GloCha) and, the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of BiH - Department for Diaspora, is co-organizer of the international workshop “MobilizeDiaspora4SD”, currently taking place at the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The event is a follow-up to “Scientific Diaspora and ICT- Using Modern Information and Communication Technologies to Harness the Potential of Southeast Europe's Scientific Diaspora” held in 2009.  The 2009 workshop focused on brain gain programmes, virtual mobility and diaspora knowledge networks, Web 2.0 opportunities for cross-sectoral and international e-collaboration and Web 2.0 applications in RTD governance as a new way / new culture of participatory and, interactive delivery of public services. The rationale of the 2011 workshop is based on facts: highly skilled professionals from the fields of science, technology and business have emigrated from Southeast European countries in extremely high numbers; this “brain drain” is a substantial systemic problem for science, education and innovation systems in Southeast Europe and therefore; and, ways have to be found to reconnect highly skilled emigrants with sustainable development efforts in their countries of origin.

The MobilizeDiaspora4SD workshop and the plan of establishing a network of GloCha Centers in SEE have strong links with the preparatory process for United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro scheduled to take place in June 2012 and shall provide input to the UNESCO Science, Technology and Innovation Global Assessment Programme (STIGAP). With the initiatives under discussion at the Sarajevo workshop, South-East European countries will be able to develop a role model of an innovative and inclusive (diaspora) multistakeholder partnership for sustainable development to be presented at RIO+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development and later on replicated in other parts of the world.

The MobilizeDiaspora4SD workshop is pre-Conference event of the TAIEX conference “Emigration Issues in the Western Balkans - joint approach to linking migration and development of the countries of origin“ of Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina (13-14 October 2011, Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina). 

Website : MobilizeDiaspora4SD

Programme : workshopprogramme-final.pdf

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