Effects of Global Business on Scientific Research
WIPO Building, Geneva (Switzerland), 3-4 June 1999
First International Conference
Eminent scientists and science communicators met at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to exchange views and suggest recommendations to states and international organizations. The meeting was organized by the Science and Conscience of Man Foundation in collaboration with the International Federation of Science Editors (IFSE), a Scientific Associate of the International Council for Science (ICSU). The topics addressed covered the First and Third Worlds and countries in transition:
Within the impressive venue, scientists from academia, industry and the communications world concurred as to the prime importance of information exchange provision and access - by all regions of the world and by the public as well as by scientists. Globalization is with us. Scientists in the North and South have much to contribute to each other and have become increasingly interdependent. And scientists and the society they serve need each other.
Discussions were lively, open and provocative among this varied group of independent thinkers, but all agreed that our recommendations must be such that they could lead to concrete actions. The Science and Conscience Foundation and the IFSE, which has been dedicated since its inception in 1977 to globalization of scientific communication, are determined to implement the suggested recommendations. Mr Kamal ldris, Secretary-General of WIPO, offered full support to the objectives which are most compatible with those of WIPO to secure intellectual property rights of scientists and to make knowledge widely understood and available to all sectors of society and its decision-makers.
The recommendations of the present Conference aim to obtain better protection from the adverse effects of competitive business for scientific research and for scientists financial and moral rights.
Science is a sophisticated creative intellectual activity of mankind, driven by the curiosity and needs of individuals freely using their brains and sensitivity.
In the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the increasing complexity of science and technology, their social and economic importance and the worldwide spread of science's products stress as never before the crucial social role of scientists, engineers and technicians.
Universal diffusion of scientific information to scientists from all around the world and communication of the rationale of science to the public at large are two requisites of this unique adventure of mankind.
The Science and Conscience of Man Foundation and its Advisory Board composed of speakers at the present Conference consequently recommend to the World Conference on Science that: