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World Conference on Science - Newsletter

The World Conference on Science (Budapest, 1999) proved to be a milestone in international discussion towards a new ‘social contract’ for science as we enter the twenty-first century. The present Newsletter was launched by UNESCO on 1 July 2000 to mark the first anniversary of the Conference and was regularly updated over the following three years by partners in the World Conference on Science process -- governments, the scientific community and other stakeholders in Science.

If the newsletter has now been wound up, the archives may still be consulted freely (see below). The UNESCO Secretariat created these pages for all its partners in the World Conference on Science process – governments, the scientific community and other stakeholders in science – to consult and enrich on a regular basis.

See also Harnessing Science to Society, the UNESCO/ICSU report on the first 30 months of follow-up to the World Conference on Science.

Contributions to this Newsletter may be sent to:   wcs-newsletter@unesco.org  - Fax: (33)1 45 68 58 23


Harnessing Science to Society – Analytical Report
Harnessing Science
to Society
Analytical Report on the follow-up to the World Conference on Science

Proceedings of the World Conference on Science

Proceedings of the
World Conference
on Science



UNESCO and WHO to join forces in combating emerging diseases

12 June 2003 - UNESCO and the WHO are to strengthen collaboration in the field of emerging diseases. This is one recommendation of a meeting held on 17 and 18 May which has also called for greater collaboration between veterinary and human medicine, in view of the animal-to-human transmission of several important pathogenic factors such as the human-variant Creuzfeld Jacob Disease and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which was identified only earlier this year. [More]

Consultation on Declaration on Human Genetic Data

6 May 2003 UNESCO's Executive Board took stock last month of progress in preparing an International Declaration on Human Genetic Data. Elaborated by UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC), the text seeks to reconcile freedom of research with respect for human dignity and privacy.[More]

UNESCO prepares study on virtual universities (version française)

25 April 2003 At a time when distance learning is emerging as a means of helping universities to tackle pressing challenges, UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) is exploring related policy and planning issues faced by universities. [More]

Fostering Science and Technology Policy in Senegal

18 March 2002 - The reinforcement of national capacity in science and technology policies is the major goal of a project being implemented in Senegal with support from UNESCO. The Project, launched in 2001 by the Ministry of Education, focuses on the promotion of science and technology policies that seek to coordinate the efforts of the research and industrial sectors and so derive full benefit from them. [More]

In the quest for strategies to increase participation of women in Physics

4 March 2002 - A major international Conference on Women in Physics is to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 7-9 March 2002. The event is being organized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) in co-operation with a wide range of sponsors from France, Japan, the UK, the USA, as well as international bodies such as European Commission, European Science Foundation, European Physical Society, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Latin American Centre for Physics and UNESCO. [More]

UK commits to radical reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

26 February 2003 The United Kingdom has published a White Paper on energy in which it announces its intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2050. [More]

Fostering the recruitment of talent for science

22 February 2002 - Convinced that science education underlies progress in science and its service to society, two senior figures from the World Conference on Science - Professors Leon Lederman (Nobel Laureate in Physics, Illinois Math Science Academy, USA) and Péter Csermely (Semmelweis University, Hungary) Ė are organizing a WCS follow-up workshop entitled Science Education: Talent Recruitment and Public Understanding. The Workshop, to be held in Budapest on 18-20 April 2002, represents an important initiative to seek innovative approaches at an international level for involving the talent of new generations in scientific research, and for enabling talented young scientists to do their best in the service to society. [More]

Regional Conference on Trace Element Research in Africa

11 February 2002 - The Trace Element Satellite Centre for UNESCO (TESCU) is organizing its first regional conference in Africa. The Conference, entitled Trace Elements in Biological Processes and Review of Trace Element Research in Africa, will be held on 27-30 March 2002 in Nairobi, Kenya. Over 150 participants from both English- and French-speaking African countries are expected to participate. In conjunction with the Conference, and immediately preceding it on 25-26 March, the Department of Chemistry of the University of Nairobi will conduct a two-day regional training workshop on basic instrumentation used in trace element analysis and environmental sampling and analytical techniques. Some 50 participants will be selected to participate in the workshop, and through it learn techniques and acquire knowledge they need to promote trace element research in their home countries. [More]

Regional UNESCO chair created on Women, Science and Technology

8 February 2002 - A UNESCO Chair aimed at promoting the contribution of women to science and technology, was inaugurated at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2001. It will seek to increase awareness of decision makers and the public at large on womenís role in this area, and encourage new generations of women to pursue a career in science and technology. The establishment of the Chair follows the conclusions of the Science Agenda approved by the WCS as well as the recommendations of a Regional Forum on Women, Science and Technology in Bariloche (Argentina, 1998) held in the run-up to the Budapest Conference. [More]

Furthering Scientific Progress in Iran

31 January 2002 - The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced the establishment of a National Council for Scientific Progress in Iran 2020 (NCSPI) for the future planning of science and technology during the coming twenty years. The Councilís goal is to provide a scientific approach to meeting demands for the development of the State, the extension of science and technology in response to social needs and world peace, and to implement the WCS Science Agenda. [More]

National Action Plan adopted for the Republic of Tajikistan
within the Framework of WCS follow-up

25 January 2002 - A national seminar held by the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan (Dushanbe, November 2001) adopted a National Action Plan to apply the recommendations of the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and the Science Agenda - Framework for Action in order to ensure the sustainable development of the Republic, and the effective utilization of science and technology in the process of transition to a fully-fledged market economy. [More]

Follow-up to the World Conference on Science enters new six-year phase

2 January 2002 - At the 31st session of the General Conference of UNESCO (Paris, November 2001), 188 Member States and 6 Associate Members unreservedly approved the Organizationís Medium-Term Strategy 2002-2007. The beginning of the year 2002 saw the start of the implementation of that Strategy which heralds a major phase in the follow-up to WCS, building on efforts made by UNESCO and its partners during the two years that have elapsed since the event in Budapest. This new phase will embrace three successive biennial periods of fully-fledged partnership in the implementation of the recommendations of WCS formulated in its Declaration on Science and the Use of .Scientific Knowledge and the Science Agenda - Framework for Action. [More]

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