In today's world, science and technology are taking on ever-greater importance in everyday life. While they have brought immense benefits, they have also given rise to questions about how they affect our lives and our societies. According to Federico Mayor, Director-General of UNESCO, 'it is time for a new social contract between science and society'.
UNESCO is organizing, in partnership with the International Council for Science (ICSU), a World Conference on Science for the Twenty-first Century, to be held in Budapest from 26 June to 1 July 1999. This will be a forum at which scientists, decision-makers and representatives of other sectors can together address the major issues at the interface between science and society and negotiate this new social contract.
WHY SHOULD YOUNG PEOPLE BECOME INVOLVED IN THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON SCIENCE?
Not only as members of tomorrow´s society but also as members of
today's society, young people have a role to play in defining this new social contract. In
this context, an electronic forum has been created to encourage the participation of young
people in the process of the Conference through the Internet. It aims to give young people
from different parts of the world the opportunity to express their concerns and
expectations and take part in formulating proposals for action in science.
Among the topics to be debated at the World Conference on Science are:
|1. Science and democracy
|2. Science and education
|3. Science for peace and development
|4. Relation of science with other forms of creativity
You are invited to participate in this consultation.
Please send us your views on whichever topics you like by filling out the blank spaces below. Feel free to approach the topics both from the perspective of your own community and looking at the world as a whole. The results of this consultation will be published on this same Web page.