UNESCO supporting S&T in DPR Korea

12 June 2001 Tomorrow, four scientists from the Academy of Sciences of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will travel to Australia as guests of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

The ten-day visit has been arranged so that the Korean scientists may survey developments in Australia in the fields of life sciences, electronics, energy, and new materials development, in addition to exploring avenues for collaboration and support.

The Australian mission comes as a result of a UNESCO science mission to the Academy of Sciences and National Commission for UNESCO of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea almost a year ago.

The 18–22 July 2000 mission sought to undertake a detailed discipline-based needs assessment, identify problem areas and propose future action. The team covered expertise in mathematics, physics and physics education, water sciences, microbiology, genetic engineering and biology, renewable energies, environmental assessment, computer science, informatics, science management and policy.

The Final Report and Proposal sums up the mission’s observations and the outcome of consultations, in addition to proposing a three-level programme of action to support and help internationalize DPR Korean science.

The promotion of regional and international cooperation to further science and technology was a central message of the World Conference of Science.

Taking up some of the Report’s recommendations, UNESCO’s Beijing Office has made funds available for eight young scientists from DPR Korea to participate in research training in China in the Biotechnology Education and Training Center in Qingdao; International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation in Beijing; and Institute of Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

For more information, contact jakarta@unesco.org or beijing@unesco.org