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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 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.

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


Moving towards a European research

10 September 2001 - Europe will be inching closer to a common research space this month when major international, national and regional organizations meet in Kiev (Ukraine) to define a common approach to fostering regional and sub-regional cooperation in science and technology. [More]

First Engineering Institution of Cambodia founded

7 September 2001 - ‘Indispensable’ is how the UNESCO Jakarta Office describes the recent establishment of the first engineering institution in the Kingdom of Cambodia. [More]

New European partnership fosters research and education

3 September 2001 - Seven of Europe’s leading international research organizations have joined forces to promote and co-ordinate quality European research and foster public understanding of science. [More]

Fifteen science centres to spring up in Pakistan

27 August 2001 - Conscious of the need to turn young and old into ‘science-minded’ citizens, the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) is planning to develop 15 science centres or museums across the country. [More]

Brazil promoting environmental education for all

24 August 2001 - Brazil’s new National Programme of Environmental Education is the type of broadly accessible ‘mega-project’ the World Conference on Science encouraged. [More]

Turkey establishes National Earthquake Council

22 August 2001 - The memory of two devastating earthquakes in 1999 has led the Government of Turkey to found the National Earthquake Council. [More]

Pakistan accords high priority to information technology

20 August 2001 - Pakistan is launching two new institutes as part of its National Information Technology Policy and Action Plan. [More]

Will the information economy be a jobs economy?

16 August 2001 - Will the information economy generate employment? This is the question the International Labour Office (ILO) asks in its World Employment Report 2001 on the theme of life at work in the information economy. [More]

Japan’s Basic Plan for S&T to 2005 inspired by Budapest

10 August 2001 - Japan’s Basic Plan for Science and Technology (S&T) for the next five years takes its inspiration from the World Conference on Science. [More]

SEREAD sets out to foster ‘ocean observation for all’

6 August 2001 - This month, a steering committee will be undertaking a comprehensive review of progress over the first six months of SEREAD, a new project designed to generate substantial knowledge, awareness and discussion among Pacific island students, teachers and communities of global ocean observing systems, climate change, sea-level rise, global warming and the local impacts of these dynamics. [More]

Call for papers for Southeast European Conference on Science for Peace and Development

2 August 2001 - The deadline of 20 August 2001 has been fixed for the submission of proposals for papers to an international conference on Science for Peace and Development being held in Maribor (Slovenia) on 4-6 October 2001. [More]

Highly trained personnel key to attracting foreign investment

30 July 2001 - A workshop on ‘Upgrading absorptive capacities of domestic firms and institutions’ in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has reaffirmed that well-trained personnel are a country’s trump card when it comes to attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). [More]

Morocco to double research funding by 2010 (version française)

27 July 2001 - The Moroccan government has set itself the target of devoting 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) to research and development (R&D) by 2010. [More]

Kuwait fostering flow of scientific information to population

24 July 2001 - Kuwait is moving to enhance the flow of scientific information to society in its Fifth Strategic Plan for 2001onwards. [More]

MAB re-orients programmes to reflect Budapest agenda

18 July 2001 - Training and indigenous knowledge systems are to be paid greater attention in future by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme, in response to the recommendations of the World Conference on Science. [More]

Cyber-education at the fingertips of Qatar's visually impaired

13 July 2001 - A new software enables the visually impaired to use Microsoft Office 2000 and read text from the Internet. And it can be adapted to any language spoken around the world. [More]

VISION 2016 challenges Botswana to become centre of excellence in solar energy

11 July 2001 - Botswana has set itself the target of becoming a centre of excellence in solar energy by 2016. VISION 2016, as the project is known, was kickstarted recently by a dynamic national workshop on solar energy. [More]

Sub-regional Observatory on Science and Technology recommended for CEE

6 July 2001 - A roundtable on research, education and industry in Budapest (Hungary) has recommended the setting up of a sub-regional observatory on science and technology to boost innovation and competitiveness in the sub-region. [More]

SESAME opens door to experimental science in Middle East

3 July 2001 - The SESAME Project will be taking a giant step forward next month when construction begins in Allan (Jordan) of permanent premises. [More]




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