Monday, February 28, 2005

New Community Software Tool

UNESCO news release

The National Informatics Centre (India), the Open Knowledge Network and UNESCO have joined forces to develop a new software tool – to be called Open eNRICH - for the creation and exchange of locally relevant knowledge within and between communities in developing countries.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

International Forum on the Social Science - Policy Nexus:

International Forum website:

Date: 5-9 September 2005
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina / Montevideo, Uruguay

The Forum proposes to reshape the linkage between social science research and social policy. The challenges of global society far exceed social science, but without social science they simply cannot be met.

Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

UNESCO announcement

Education for all, education for sustainable development and UNESCO’s response to natural disasters are the three themes on the agenda for the annual meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, which will take place on March 3 and 4 at Organization Headquarters.

The Goodwill Ambassadors include: José Antonio Abreu, Pierre Cardin, Claudia Cardinale, Rigoberta Menchu Túm, and Mstislav Rostropovitch.

Benchmarks of Our Innovation Future

Read the paper online.

This brief paper compares the United States with Europe and Asia in terms of a number of benchmarks relevant to science and technology and their use as motors of economic growth. While it does not mention UNESCO, it amply illustrates the increasing globalization of science and technology innovation. The United States once dominated high technology, but today it shares the field with European and Asian countries. The trends shown imply a growing need for UNESCO to help the U.S. network with the scientific and technological communities in other nations.

The report was published this month by the Task Force on the Future of American Innovation

Saturday, February 26, 2005

World Year of Physics

World Year of Physics website

UNESCO, the European Physical Society, and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) have declared 2005 the World Year of Physics in honor of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s legendary articles on relativity, quantum theory and Brownian motion. Because of these monumental publications, 1905 is now referred to as the annus mirabilis, or Miraculous Year. Multiple physics-related events are planned throughout the year and around the world in 2005. The aim of these focused events is to raise the worldwide public awareness of physics and the physical sciences. More than 1,200 people recently participated in the Launch Conference of the World Year of Physics at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The World Year of Physics website hosts a listing of activities by country as well as international activities, contact information for national coordinators and ideas for organizing your own local activities.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Newsletter: UNESCO SHS

UNESCO SHS Newsletter website : "

The quarterly SHS Newsletter provides information on the work of UNESCO in the field of social and human sciences. It is available both in printed and electronic form."

The latest edition is: "Social Science: the research and policy connection - October-December 2004"

"Arab network for women in science launched"

SciDev.Net article:

"A network for women researchers was launched last week in Salmania, Bahrain, to promote gender equality in scientific programmes and institutions in the Arab world..........

"The Salmania launch meeting was organised by the Arabian Gulf University, which will fund the network, in collaboration with Egypt-based Arab Woman Organization, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the Morocco-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Tunisia-based Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization."

Web catologuing workshop

Online edition of Daily News (Sri Lanka) story:

"The Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA) organised a workshop on Web Cataloguing in collaboration with the UNESCO Regional Office in New Delhi.

"There are 13 international participants from Bangladesh, India, Laos, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and four from Sri Lanka. "

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Media Struggle for Transparent Governance in Mongolia

UNESCO news release

"How to fight corruption? How to encourage the investigative reporting? What legal and ethical framework should be put in place to protect and guide journalists working on corruption cases?

"Those and many other corruption-related issues are in the center of debates and training sessions which are taking place in Ulaan-Baator, Mongolia, in the framework of the "Media for Transparent Governance" project funded by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)."

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Women in Science prize-giving Program

The 2005 L'OREAL-UNESCO awards will be given 2-3 March 2005. The events planned in conjunction with the award are described on this website.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Asian Forum on Pluralism in Media: UNESCO-CI

UNESCO News Release

"More than 40 journalists and academics from various parts of Asia gathered recently in Bangkok for the fourth Journalism Asia forum that centered on the theme 'Media Ethics and Pluralism in Asia'." The forum was made possible through the support of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Singapore office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

UNESCO's B@bel Initiative

Initiative B@bel website

Today, more than 90% of content on the Internet exists in only 12 languages, so many users of the 6 000 languages in the world are poorly served by the World Wide Web. Initiative B@bel uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to promote multilingualism on the Internet.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Satellites Map Volcanic Home Of Africa's Endangered Gorillas

Space Daily Jun 30, 2004 article:

Mountain gorillas are found in highland forests of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These regions make up a set of five national parks; three of these have been designated World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), while the remaining two have been nominated for the same status. An European Space Agency managed project called Build Environment for Gorilla (BeGO) has been using Earth Observation resources to chart the region in order to help conservation bodies working in and around the parks. (BEGo partners include UNESCO.) The first product of the effort, a 1:50000 scale base map, land cover map and digitial elevation model (DEM) of the area around Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, was produced last year. The project is going on to map the rest of the mountain gorilla habitat, and to produce land use change maps from 1990 onward. Last year ESA and UNESCO formally agreed an initiative for the use of space technologies to support the World Heritage Convention; NASA is joining this effort.



"The Great Apes Survival Project is an innovative and ambitious project of UNEP and UNESCO with an immediate challenge - to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans. "

World Day for Water

UNESCO World Day for Water webpage:

World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 each year.

"World Water Day (WWD) 2005 will be guided by the upcoming water decade's theme 'Water for Life'. It will be the starting day for this International Decade for Action, 'Water for Life' 2005 - 2015, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in a resolution."

Ethics: UNESCO

Download the UNESCO Ethics webpage:

"Since its creation immediately after the Second World War, UNESCO has been designated the conscience of the United Nations," and this is reflected in UNESCO's ethics programs. UNESCO’s Programme on the Ethics of Science and Technology aims to place scientific and technological progress in "a context of ethical reflection rooted in the cultural, legal, philosophical and religious heritage of the various human communities."

The Program includes the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). It deals with areas such as ethics of the environment, the Precautionary Principle, ethics of outer space, science ethics and the teaching of ethics.

Through its Bioethics Program, UNESCO addresses the ethical, legal and social concerns stemming from advances in the life sciences, particularly in genetics. Through the Program, UNESCO supports the International Bioethics Committee and the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee, the only international bodies that address bioethics issues. The Program’s first major success was the adoption in 1997 by the General Conference of the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, subsequently endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1998.

Protecting the Environment - Satellites to focus on UNESCO World Heritage sites

Eurpoean Space Agency 2003 News Release

"Earth Observation satellites will help safeguard hundreds of natural and cultural World Heritage sites, under the terms of an agreement signed by ESA and UNESCO at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.

"UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and ESA Director-General Antonio Rodotà launched the Open Initiative partnership on Wednesday 18 June. The intention is to have other space agencies progressively join the partnership, and help developing nations monitor World Heritage sites on their territories more effectively."

NASA is following the ESA lead and cooperating with UNESCO to use remote sensing to monitor World Heritage sites. There have also been interest in the Open Initiative from the Indian, Japanese, Canadian and Brazilian space agencies.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

UNESCO: Opportunities Upon US Reentry

The following is a summary provided by Sid Passman of the meeting held on February 19th:

The subject session was attended by about 60 people including a number of AU Directors and several NatComm members, a number of senior people such as the NSF Director (who promised me he would personally follow UNESCO affairs), and Nobelist Leon Lederman, who was probably the oldest person there, but told me he regretted the lack of young participants.!

Speakers included welcome from AAAS' Shere Abbott, Introductions by Barrett Ripin (State),

Amb. Oliver gave an excellent talk about the US interests and UNESCO, followed by ADG Erdelen, who gave a thorough PPT talk covering the entirety of the program, with the details of the Science Sector program. He mentioned a number of US co-efforts and said that the DG would sign an agreement with NASA in Wash. on the 1 March (after his Georgetown U. visit) He thanked the Amb. and her team support for the capacity building review (including the Eng. Community).

Shirley Malcom (AAAS) reviewed Education and her contributions to UNESCO in SciEd. She said she has known Pete Smith for many years and thought he would be a good DG/Ed.

Bruce Alberts, Pres. NAS , covered the Academies' related international interests including assistance to African institutions for science based public service. He gave advice to UNESCO on helping developing country institutions and capacity building, but fell short of offering any direct support.

Terry Garcia (Nat'l. Geographic Society) gave a very graphic review of the Cultural imperatives such as culyural diversity, preservation of languages, heritage (tangible and intangible) and the role of modern technologies in support of preservation.

A discussion period was introduced by Lily Schuermann and led by Rita Colwell, who expressed her own longterm interests in UNESCO programs in the life sciences and microbiology. The discussion was lively and showed the real interest of all for a greater US participation in UNESCO programs, support of the NatComm and its role, and the availability of extra-budgetary supprt (people and resources).

The discussions were followed by a very generous reception which encouraged further discussions.

All in all it was an excellent event and I complimented Dr. Ripin for his organization of the session.

Workshop held on sediment mgt in hydropower

New Kerala article:

"A workshop on sediment management in hydro power projects was held today as part of the three-day 'India Hydro 2005' conference which began today. The workshop, whose findings will be submitted to UNESCO's 'International Sediment Initiative' programme, was organised by the Indian National Hydropower Association (INHA) and International Hydropower Association (IHA), UK, in association with the World Bank, UNESCO, ASSOCHAM, NTPC and NHPC."

Friday, February 18, 2005

Western Kentucky University picked for study of groundwater

Bowling Green Kentucky KY Daily News article:

"Better quality of life could be on the way for poverty-stricken areas in need of water, thanks to efforts by the United Nations being headed by Western Kentucky University.

"The U.N.'s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization approved a new project titled 'Global Study of Karst Aquifers and Water Resources' at a meeting last week in Paris. Chris Groves, professor of geology and geography at Western, has been picked to help lead the five-year international effort."

UNESCO 'plans to cut funds for geoscience programme'

SciDev.Net story:

"Geoscientists have voiced concern that UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization) plans to cut funding to one of its most successful Earth sciences programmes will negatively affect developing countries.

"Since 1972, the International Geoscience Programme has helped thousands of geologists from developing countries coordinate their work with colleagues. It has given funding of up to US$10,000 to about 500 regional geological and mining-related projects in 150 countries.

"The programme's annual funding of US$200,000 might be cut by as much as half. The proposed reduction, which will mostly affect scientists in the developing world, is part of a total cut in the UN's science budget for 2006. A final decision on how much the International Geoscience Programme will receive will be made in April."

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Tanzanian to head UNESCO scientific board

IPP Media article:

"Prof Sospeter Muhongo of the Department of Geology at the University of Dar es Salaam has been elected the new Chairperson of the Scientific Board of the International Geo-science Programme (IGCP)."

Nature magazine also has a story in its current issue titled, "Global geoscience suffers as UNESCO curtails funding".

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Community Radio in India

PIB Press Release

"In December 2002, the Government announced a policy for the grant of Community Radio Licenses to educational institutions and organizations to be identified/selected, in accordance with the prescribed eligibility conditions and on the terms and conditions given in the Guidelines for the grant of licenses for Community Radio Stations.

"Under the terms of this policy, Community Broadcasting Licenses can be granted to well established educational institutions/organizations, recognized by the Central Government or the State Government. These will include the Universities and institutes of technology/management and residential schools.

"Community Radio is expected to focus on issues relating to education, health, environment, agriculture, rural & community development. The contents are to be confined to social, cultural and local issues and the format, subject, presentation and language must reflect and exude the local flavour and fragrance...........

"Incidentally, the present policy on community radio contained the element of mid-term course correction. To address the above issues, it was logical to attempt such a mid-term correction. A Workshop on Community Radio provided a platform to share the experiences of other countries & organizations and an opening to a policy framework that could take into account all the issues raised above.

(The) "Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, therefore, organized a workshop on Community Radio on May 5th & 6th, 2004 in collaboration with UNDP & UNESCO, who brought in the perspective of international experience in tackling such issues."

20 Films to Celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March

UNESCO Press Release

"In order to mark International Women's Day on 8 March this year, UNESCO’s Audiovisual E-Platform proposes 20 films about women's issues, such as women's rights, development, employment, social role models, among others, which can be used for broadcasting by TV channels as well as for cultural activities or other related events planned for 8 March."

Biodiversity: Science and Governance Bulletin - Final Summary

IISD Final Summary of meeting results

"The International Conference “Biodiversity: Science and Governance” (Paris Conference) met from 24-28 January 2005 at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in Paris, France."

Monday, February 14, 2005

Global Dialogue on Emerging Science and Technology (GDEST)

"At the Horizon" Policy Initiatives:

"Recognizing the importance of fast-moving developments in science and security, and capitalizing on the National Academies' preeminent convening capacity in all areas of science and technology, at the request of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of the Department of State, the Division on Policy and Global Affairs' Program on Development, Security, and Cooperation has established the Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technology (GDEST). This program will comprise a series of science and engineering conferences on fundamental research. These bilateral dialogues are intended to help contribute to global security, to the meeting of human needs and to advancing knowledge. They will facilitate interactions between leading U.S. scientists and engineers and their foreign peers and especially young investigators."

UBUNTU - World Forum of Networks

Ubuntu website

The main objective of UBUNTU is to build communication among "national and international institutions which are focused on promoting peace, endogenous development, dignity and human rights. NGO's, together with academic, artistic, professional and humanitarian institutions, should coordinate to defend these basic principles." An Ad Hoc Secretariat - under the leadership of Federico Mayor Zaragoza - was created within the UNESCO Chair in Technology, Sustainable Development, Imbalances and Global Change at the Technical University of Catalonia.

UBUNTU has initiated a "World Campaign for in-depth Reform of the System of International Institutions".

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Regional Council to help speed development of region: Kidwai

New Kerala article:

"The newly-formed Regional Council for Science and Technology Development would provide an opportunity to administrators, scientists, engineers, technologists and educationists to find ways and means for multi-dimensional development of the northern region, Haryana Governor A R Kidwai said today.

There was a long felt need to set up an integrated body for rapid development of the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, Kidwai said while delivering the presidential address at a function organised at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here.

Professor A W Khan, Assistant Director, UNESCO, said that knowledge of science and technology should be made compulsory for all Governors and Ministers for an integrated development of the country, as advance knowledge in these fields had an important impact on our developmental scenario to meet the challenges posed by poverty and economic backwardness. PTI "

Scientists should be effective instrument to change world

New Kerala news article:

"Expressing concern over 'growing fundamentalism' all over the globe, UNESCO's Kalinga award winner and eminent Pakistani Physicist, Prof Parvez Hoodbhoy today called upon the scientific community worldwide to be an effective instrument of change to transform the world into a humane social order."

UNESCO/Club of Rome Conference on ICT for Capacity-Building in May in Paris

UNESCO announcement

"UNESCO and the Club of Rome are co-organizing a three-day ”World Conference on Harnessing the Potential of ICT for Capacity Building” from 11 to 13 May at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The event is one of UNESCO’s thematic meetings in preparation for the second meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (Tunis, Tunisia, 16-18 November 2005)."

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Belizean wins UNESCO Young Scientist Award

Caribbean Net News report:

"The Ministry of Education and the Belize National Commission for UNESCO have announced that Belizean Frantz Smith has won the 2005 United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Young Scientist Award."

Nigerian FG, UNESCO to Contribute $100m for Science report:

The Nigerian Federal Government, UNESCO and other donor partners are to contribute over $100 million towards the Special Fund-in-Trust for Science in Nigeria.

UNESCO Publishes Proceedings of World Press Freedom Day Celebration 2004

UNESCO Press Release

"UNESCO announces the publication of the proceedings of the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2004 in Belgrade 2004. “Media. Conflict Prevention and Reconstruction” displays the breadth of contributions made during the event and complements the Belgrade Declaration in support of the media in conflict and post-conflict situations.

U.S. National Commission 2005 Meeting

U.S. National Commission Important Dates:

"In June 2005, the National Commission will hold its Annual Conference. It will take place in Washington, DC. Further details will be provided as available."

We understand the meeting will be held June 23-24, 2005 at the National Academy of Sciences headquarters building.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Bridging the digital divide

Daily Observer (Gambia) article:

"African Information, Communication and Technology experts, Governments, civil society, youths, the media, private sectors gathered in Accra last week to explore ways of bridging the ICT divide. Experts, meeting at African Regional Preparatory Conference of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), in Accra, deliberated on the need to revolutionise the ICT sectors in Africa and bridge the digital divide. "

UNESCO: Opportunities Upon U.S. Reentry

Description of the Seminar

The reentry of the US into UNESCO in October 2003 opens up opportunities for the scientific, educational and cultural communities to increased engagement and influence in UNESCO programs. This symposium will outline the broad array of UNESCO programs and interest areas, as well as highlighting those of particular US interest.

PARTICIPANTS: Barrett Ripin (Moderator), U.S. Department of State; Louise Oliver (Speaker), US UNESCO; Walter Erdelen (Speaker), United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization; Shirley Malcom (Speaker), AAAS Education and Human Resources; Bruce Alberts (Speaker), National Academy of Sciences; Terry Garcia (Speaker), National Geographic Society; Lily Schuermann (Discussant), American Society for Microbiology.

LOCATION: AAAS Annual meeting, Marriott Park Wardman Hotel, Ball Room Salon 2, 2660 Woodley Road, Washington, DC 20008;

DATE: Saturday, February 19, 2005

TIME: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

U.S. coasts vulnerable to tsunamis

MSNBC news story:

"A tsunami hitting one of the U.S. coasts is a matter not of 'if, but when,' Laura Kong, director of the UNESCO/IOC International Tsunami Information Center, told a tsunami conference sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine."

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

New space services for maritime users: the impact of satellite technology on maritime legislation

European Space Agency article

A conference, “New space services for maritime users: the impact of satellite technology on maritime legislation”, will be held in Paris at the UNESCO on 21-23 February 2005. It is intended to bring together scientific and technical experts, legal and administrative experts and the user community. The participants are expected to express their needs and identify possible solutions, look at what is available already and what new developments will be arising in the near future, review the status of implementation in the light of technical developments. The will also examine what new legislation at regional and national level may be needed to implement and expand the recommendations made at the Vigo Conference (which in 2003 formulated a series of conclusions and recommendations addressed to the decision-makers of the European Union, its Member States and relevant international organisations).

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Opening of the Conference on Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace

UNESCO Press Release with link to the opening address:

The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koichiro Matsuura, opened at UNESCO Headquarters today the Conference on "Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace", a thematic meeting which has been organized by UNESCO as part of its contribution to the process leading towards the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), to be held in Tunis next November."

U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Monthly

Volume 1, Issue 1, February 2005

This is the first of planned monthly correspondence to inform the commission and others interested in UNESCO of major issues and upcoming items in the fields of education, science, culture and communications.

UN environment chief issues clarion call to save biodiversity story:

"With more than 7,000 animal species and 60,000 plant species threatened, the top United Nations environment official warned today that the target of significantly reducing the rate of loss in biodiversity by 2010 would not be met without strong science and effective governance mechanisms............

“'If we fail to demonstrate measurable success by 2010, political commitment will be undermined, public interest will be lost, investment in biodiversity research and management will be reduced, environmental institutions will be further weakened,' UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer told the Paris International Conference on Biodiversity, Science and Governance........

"The conference, hosted by the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), aims to take stock of the current knowledge, shortcomings and controversial issues with a view to opening up a dialogue between scientists, politicians, and economic decision-makers on the management of biodiversity."

UNESCO Team Completes Media Needs Assessment Mission to Tsunami-hit Banda Aceh

UNESCO news article:

"A UNESCO team has completed a mission to assess the media situation in the Indonesian province Banda Aceh, following the natural disasters that hit the area on 26 December 2004. International Media Support (IMS), a Denmark-based media NGO, also participated in the mission that took place from 19 to 27 January 2005. "

Access to Information is a Human Right Ghana article:

"The United Nation Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO), Communication and Information Advisor for West Africa, Hezekiel Dlamini has called on African governments to see access to information as a human right.

"He has therefore urged African leaders to ensure development and sustenance of independent and pluralistic media at the grassroots."

The Other CO2 Problem: Ocean Acidification

Green Car Congress posting

"SCOR and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC—part of UNESCO) sponsored a Symposium on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World in May 2004. A subsequent report—Priorities for Research on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World—summarizes the symposium and puts forward its overwhelming conclusion as to the need for more research in this area."

Saturday, February 05, 2005

ICT Application to Fight Poverty

UNESCO Press Release and link to the book:

"'Profiles and Experiences in ICT Innovation for Poverty Reduction' looks in detail at four innovative initiatives in South Asia that use information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of efforts to reduce poverty. The initiatives were started as part of a UNESCO pilot project in the Asia-Pacific. "

John Edwin Fobes, 86; UNESCO Official, U.S. Diplomat ( Obituary:

"John Edwin Fobes, 86, the former deputy general director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, died Jan. 20 at his home in Asheville, N.C., after a heart attack. Mr. Fobes dedicated a major part of his life to the United Nations, from his work after World War II helping set up the organization to creation of an American support group after his retirement."

He will be missed!

Nelson Mandela Technology Institute Approves Abuja Campus story:

"Abuja has been approved as one of the cities, which will host campuses of the Nelson Mandela Institution for Knowledge Building and the Advancement of Science and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa also known as the African Institute of Science and Technology (AIST). The Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory will also host the interim secretariat of the institution........

"The founding members of the Board of Directors of the African Institute of Science and Technology include: Dr Nelson Mandela (Chairman); Mr. Joachim Chissano (President of Mozambique); Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Minister of Finance, Nigeria); Professor Peter Anyang 'Nyong'o (Minister of Planning and National Development, Kenya); Dr Paul Kammogne Fokam (President and CEO, Afriland First Bank); Dr Frannie Leautier (Vice President, The World Bank Institute); Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa (Executive Chairman, Millennium Consolidated Investment) and Mr. Pierre Sane (Assistant Director-General, UNESCO)."

Friday, February 04, 2005

UNESCO Bioethics

UNESCO Bioethics Program Homepage:

"Since the 1970s, UNESCO's involvement in the field of bioethics has reflected the international dimensions of this debate. Founded on the belief that there can be no peace without the intellectual and moral solidarity of humankind, UNESCO tries to involve all countries in this international and transcultural discussion.

The UNESCO Bioethics Programme was created in 1993 and has been a principal priority of UNESCO since 2002. Its first major success was in 1997, when the General Conference adopted the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, the only international instrument in the field of bioethics, which was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1998. "

World IT Forum heads to Africa

ITWeb article:

"The World IT Forum (WITFOR) is coming to Africa for the first time in September, when it will be staged in Gaborone, Botswana. WITFOR is a UNESCO initiative sponsored by the European Union, and will be hosted by the Botswana government, in partnership with the International Federation for Information Processing."

NASA Develops Central American Monitoring System article:

"A state-of-the-art environmental monitoring facility in Panama is the first to employ NASA Earth science research and space-based observations to provide Central American decision makers with early warning about a variety of ecological and climatic changes.

"Developed by NASA scientists, the innovative regional monitoring system is called SERVIR..........

"The Panamanian SERVIR Center is housed at the City of Knowledge, at CATHALAC. The City of Knowledge is an international consortium of health, science and academic organizations including UNESCO, the World Food Program, numerous universities and research institutes."