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 on 1 July 2000 to mark the first anniversary of the Conference.
Because so much is going on around the world to follow up the recommendations of Budapest (Key Documents) and because these activities are not always enjoying the visibility they deserve, the UNESCO Secretariat has 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.
Over the coming months and years, send us a few lines to the fax number or e-mail address below on initiatives that you have taken, or intend to take, to implement the Budapest agenda. Use the Newsletter to publicize your activities and to share information with others.
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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)
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)
E-learning comes to India’s blind
5 February 2003 - The first e-learning centre for the blind in India opened its doors on 22 November at the National Council of Education Research and Training in New Delhi, India. The centre is the first in a series of institutions which will ultimately bring distance learning to more than 2 million blind children. (More)
SESAME breaks new ground
3 February 2003 - At a ground-breaking ceremony on 6 January, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura announced the official launch of the International Centre for Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME). The ceremony celebrated the acceptance of SESAMEs statutes by the seven Founding Members. (More)
Avicenna virtual campus prepares for first intake
31 January 2003 On 9 January, the operational stage of the Mediterranean Avicenna campus was launched at a meeting involving Mohamed Miloudi of UNESCO's Division of Science Policy and Analysis and the 'work-package leaders': the Open University (UK), UNED (Spain) and, in France, the Conservatoire national des arts et metiers, Centre national d'enseignement à distance (CNED) and Université euro-méditerrannée sans murs (UM). (More)
ASEAN’s small islands raise their voice
27 January 2003 The plight of the Moken is one of several real life situations raised at a workshop in Khuraburi on 25-28 November 2002 on wise coastal practices in Asia and the Pacific. Other than Thailand, the UNESCO-organized meeting also heard cases of two other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries: the Philippines and Indonesia. (More)
Indian prime minister pledges to revamp science
14 January 2003 India is to make a concerted effort to lure home its scientists from abroad and to strip its scientific agencies of excessive bureaucracy, under a science policy document released recently.
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vaijapee unveiled the Science and Technology Policy 2003 policy at the Indian Science Congress in Bangalore on 3 January. Nature reports that Vaiapyee pledged to increase Indian spending on research and development (R&D) by government and industry to at least 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2007, almost double that spent last year. This would place India among the nations of the world which devote the greatest share of GDP to R&D. (More)
31 December 2002 An analytical overview of the impact of the World Conference on Science (Budapest, 1999) and of progress achieved in initiating, implementing and developing follow-up. Prepared by UNESCO at the specific request of the Conference itself, the report addresses governments and international WCS partners, as well as all other national and regional bodies interested in taking part in the follow-up process. (More)
UK launches public–private partnership to ‘INSPIRE’ science vocation in schools
18 December 2002 The Prime Minister, Tony Blair and Education and Skills Secretary, Estelle Morris have launched a new partnership between the Government, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the Technology Colleges Trust (TCT) and Imperial College London to boost science education in schools applying to become Science Colleges under the Government’s Specialist Schools Programme. (More)
ACPCT celebrates its first year in promoting public communication of science
16 December 2002 A group of Argentinian science journalists and science communication experts from Villa Mercedes in San Luis province have spent the past year promoting the public communication of science and technology through their own association. (More)
African workshop trains women to use ICTs in reporting on the science of HIV/AIDS
11 December 2002 SciDev.Net and UNESCO are organizing a five-day training workshop on the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) - in particular the Internet - to improve reporting on the science of HIV/AIDS. The workshop will take place in Uganda in April 2003. The deadline for applications is 31 December (More)
Brazil pledges to double science budget
27 November 2002 - Brazilian president-elect Luis Inácio 'Lula' da Silva has pledged to double spending on science and technology to 2% of gross domestic product by the end of his government's term, with particular emphasis on increasing financial support for basic research. (More)
25 November 2002 - It has been called 'blue gold'. Key to survival and prosperity, shared water sources are frequent sources of friction between neighbouring countries. (More)
British science gets a boost
12 November 2002 Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris has announced that Science Year, the Government initiative to increase young people’s interest and engagement in science, will be extended until July 2003. (More)
Member States celebrate World Science Day
6 November 2002 - Worldwide, countries are preparing to celebrate the first World Science Day for Peace and Development on 10 November Events include conferences scheduled in scientific institutions, public debates on science with the participation of policy-makers, special events in museums and science parks, activities for school children and press briefings. (More)