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Rebuilding Scientific Co-operation in South East Europe". UNESCO, Paris, France. 24 Oct. 2001

The Round Table of Ministers of Science on "Rebuilding Scientific Co-operation in South East Europe", 24 October 2001, Paris (France) is the follow-up of the International Conference of Experts on Reconstruction of the Scientific Co-operation in Southeast Europe organized in Venice, Italy, from 24 to 27 March 2001, which aimed at contributing to the establishment of new links and forms of co-operation, in relevant scientific fields, among the SEE countries and between them and the rest of Europe, and thus to help settle the political, economic and social situation of the region.

The efforts of the international community for rehabilitation/recovery and development assistance within the Southeast Europe (SEE) region have been organized so far under different frameworks, among which the Stability Pactand the Ancona Declaration on the Adriatic and Ionian Area are important steps.

The European Commission has put forward the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development as a major tool to support the creation of the European Research Area. The central observation on which the European Research Area initiative is founded was that research in Europe is not only diverse but also highly fragmented. Reinforced action in the Balkans has been recently underlined by the European Commission as an important step of the EU enlargement.

Two years ago (26 June-1 July 1999), UNESCO together with the International Council for Science (ICSU) held the
World Conference on Science in Budapest (Hungary). The Conference adopted two basic documents: Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge, and Science Agenda – Framework for Action. The latter stressed that: “One of the greatest challenges facing the world community in the next century will be the attainment of sustainable development, calling for balanced interrelated policies aimed at economic growth, poverty reduction, human well-being, social equity and protection of the Earth’s resources and life-support systems.”[...]

AGENDA

         15:00 -15:15
Opening Speech by: Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO

15:15 -16:30
Session 1. National and Regional Strategies, and Cooperation Priorities
Statements by the Ministers of Science of the Southeastern European countries


By its very nature, science transcends political borders and geography, acting as a catalyst for shared intellectual endeavours among national communities. After a long period of transition and conflict, the re-launching of scientific cooperation in the area can hardly be expected without special effort. Rebuilding scientific cooperation in South East Europe is a key element for consolidating stability in the area.

16:30 – 17:15
Session 2: Views, Ideas and Strategies

Contributions by co-organizers of the Venice Conference and presentations of results
General Presentation of Priority Actions as defined by the Venice Conference of Experts on the “Reconstruction of the Scientific Cooperation in South East Europe”: human resources, training and fellowships; research infrastructures; information technologies and computer networks for research and training; assistance and support for collaborative projects in the life sciences, materials science; sustainable development and environmental challenges.

17:30 – 19:00
Session 3: Towards a Pan-European Partnership in Science

Contributions by the Representatives of the European Union Member States and of the Central Eastern European Countries
Interventions by representatives of IGOs and NGOs
Over the last years, a new effort at convergence has been started with the European Union enlargement to Central and Eastern European Countries. This move comes at a time when European R&D and innovation policies need reappraisal and probably reorientation. The process of intellectual enlargement is by no means confined to these countries. The problem is to bridge the gaps still existing in research capacities and opportunities for doing science, in particular for young scientists.

19:00 – 19:30
Discussion on the draft Communiqué of the Round Table and Adoption

PARTICIPANTS

COUNTRIES FROM SOUTH-EAST EUROPE
ALBANIA, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, BULGARIA, CROATIA, FORMER YUGOSLAV, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, GREECE, ROMANIA, SLOVENIA, TURKEY, YUGOSLAVIA

OTHER INVITED COUNTRIES
AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, ITALY, LITHUANIA, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, SLOVAKIA, UKRAINE, UNITED KINGDOM

EUROPEAN & INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
ACADEMIA EUROPAEA
CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research
COST European Cooperation in Scientific and Technical Research
DANTE Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe
ESF European Science Foundation
EUROSCIENCE
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
JINR Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
OST Observatoire des sciences et des techniques
UNITAR United Nations Institute for Training and Research
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS
Science

SECRETARIAT OF THE ROUND TABLE
UNESCO-ROSTE
UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector




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