06.09.2016 - UNESCO Montevideo Office

President Tabaré Vázquez will inaugurate 1st Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum: Transforming our region

Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay will open the First Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum with an inaugural lecture. The ceremony will take place next Wednesday September 7 at 08:30 am in Los Robles Building, Technology Park of Uruguay, LATU. In words of Juan Roballo, Deputy Chief of Staff (Prosecretario) of the Republic "For Uruguay it is an excellent opportunity to host CILAC 2016 and to exchange experiences and create synergies with friendly countries for growth and joint development. That has always been the vocation of Uruguay. "

Uruguayan authorities understand that cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is essential for meeting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to which all countries have committed. Furthermore, they understand that sustainable development is not just about economic growth, but also generating capacities, knowledge and technology to transform the way it is produced, consumed, how people relate to each other and nature, consequently the way they live. Lidia Brito, Regional Director of Science of UNESCO for Latin America and the Caribbean, says “CILAC 2016 allows us to see how through the process of scientific knowledge and innovation that is currently taking place in the region, a road map can be created towards achieving the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals together”.

Why Uruguay has been chosen to host CILAC? Brito highlighted the successful experiences of the country in the use of technology for sustainable development, including the changes made in its energy matrix to cleaner sources, advances in access to clean water for rural populations as well as the implementation of the information technology to education.

With more than 1300 registered participants, the event will welcome Ministers and high authorities of STI from more the 15 countries. Thirty rectors of public universities in the region will travel to Uruguay for the event. Prominent scientists and researchers from four continents present the results and projection of their work within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.

Extensive proposal on matters of research and development covering advances in neuroscience, digital anatomy, and global projects as Future Earth, the South African Project SKA (Square Kilometre Array) as well as topics of major global concern such as management of water resources, renewable energy sources and climate change.

The need for integrated policies in the region, which maximize opportunities such as Iberoamerican space or South-South cooperation, is also part of the debates, covering topics of public investment in infrastructure, development of frontier science research, among others. Gender issues and science education at different levels, are also part of the three days’ program.

For three full days, CILAC will offer from Montevideo to the region a dynamic space for discussion, joint analysis and projection in the framework of 2030 Agenda.

 

 




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