08.10.2010 -

Arab parliamentarians recommend that the Arab Parliament serve as regional umbrella for following up STI policies

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"Towards the Adoption of A Regional STI Action Plan" Damascus, 18 - 20 September 2010

A high-level meeting of Arab parliamentarians has adopted a communiqué in which they recommend adopting a regional Arab umbrella like the Arab Parliament through which all Arab parliaments could follow up the implementation of science and innovation policies in the region.

The Arab Parliament was permanently established at the Arab Summit held in Libya in March 2010.

The theme of the September meeting was "Towards the Adoption of a Regional STI Action Plan".

During the Arab Summit of March 2010, Heads of State adopted a resolution mandating the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States to develop an S&T strategy for the entire Arab region, in co-ordination with specialized Arab and international bodies.

The strategy is due to be submitted to the upcoming Arab summit in 2011 for adoption. Both the strategy and the subsequent Arab Science and Technology Plan of Action (ASTPA) will be drawn up by a panel of experts from the region with the institutional support of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), the Union of Arab Scientific Research Councils and UNESCO, among others.

Related links:
:: Communiqué
:: UNESCO's Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab Region
:: The Natural Sciences Sector in the Arab States
:: Science Policy and Sustainable Development website

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