17.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Venice

World Science Day for Peace and Development in Montenegro. Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations

© Ministry of Science of Montenegro – Distribution of the H2Ooooh! Drops of water to Montenegrin kids at the WSDPD 2013 stand

On 11 November 2013, the UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development was celebrated at the Rectorate Building of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica. During a round table organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Science of Montenegro and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), the important role of science in society and the subtheme of this year’s edition ‘Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations’ in Montenegro, were discussed.

Opening the event, the Minister of Science of Montenegro, Sanja Vlahović, touched on the importance of this initiative in the context of merging science and society, which is one of the key missions of science departments. “Aware of the importance of this synergy, I am convinced that this is the first in a series of celebrations of the World Science Day in Montenegro”, said Sanja Vlahović.

In the first Panel ‘Water as a strategic resource for the development of Montenegro’, the Minister of Science, Sanja Vlahović, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Petar Ivanović, the Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Branimir Gvozdenović, and the UN Resident Coordinator in the country, Rastislav Vrbensky, answered specific questions on scientific research, water protection and consumption, and the economic aspects of water for Montenegro.

A second Panel ‘Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations’ composed of distinguished Montenegrin experts from the University of Montenegro and the Institute for Marine Biology (NETCET) in Kotor, made interesting presentations on hydro energy, biology, ecology and tourism.

Parallel to the round table, “Overseas Discovery”, an exhibition for children organized by the National Parks of Montenegro and hosted at the Delta City, is underway. It is an interactive exhibition where children can enjoy and learn more about the seas and oceans. Representatives from the National Parks of Montenegro provide children with information about fresh water in Montenegro and the rivers and lakes located within the national parks. The UNESCO Venice Office also showed cartoons from the series “H2Ooooh!”, created by schoolchildren around the world concerning the importance of water and water-related issues.

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