Launch of the UNESCO Science Report 2010 in Paris
On World Science Day for Peace and Development (10 November), the UNESCO Science Report 2010 was launched at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The ceremony was held in Room XI in the presence of about 400 invited guests. These included Permanent Delegates and Ambassadors to UNESCO, representatives of a number of international bodies that included the European Commission, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, European Space Agency and International Council for Science.
The launch began with a 90-minute session, during which five of the report’s 35 authors presented their findings. The five invited authors were:
- Professor Luc Soete, Director of UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, Netherlands, speaking on The Growing Role of Knowledge in the Global Economy;
- Dr Moneef Zou’bi, Director-General of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences, speaking on the Arab States;
- Dr Ousmane Kane, former Executive Director of the African Regional Centre for Technology (1997-2009), speaking on sub-Saharan Africa;
- Professor Sunil Mani, Planning Commission Chair, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala (India), speaking on India;
- Professor Hernan Chaimovich, Chief Executive Officer of the Butantan Foundation in Brazil, speaking on Brazil.
The session was followed by a cocktail to celebrate World Science Day, during which the authors were available for informal discussions. There was also be an exhibit.
The launch took place during a session of the Interparliamentary Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Mediterranean Region being organized at UNESCO headquarters on 9─10 November.
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