21st Century Talks: “Knowledge-Sharing: Still Tomorrow’s Concern?”“Knowledge-Sharing: Still Tomorrow’s Concern?” is the theme of the next session of the 21st Century Talks to be held at UNESCO on 25 September (6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., Room VII). This session will be presided by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura with the participation of Jacques Attali, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Nouzha Guessous Idrissi.
Held at regular intervals, the 21st Century Talks offer a forum for prospective reflection and future-oriented debate among leading figures from different regions of the world who work on key issues that will affect our future. The subject of the upcoming session reflects the concerns of the UNESCO World Report “Towards Knowledge Societies,” published in 2005. Jérôme Bindé, Deputy UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences and Director of the Division of Foresight, who was the coordinator of the Report, will moderate the debate.
Jacques Attali, Professor and writer, is chairman of A&A, an international consulting firm, and founder and President of PlaNet Finance, an international non-profit organization that focuses on the internet as a means of structuring the microfinance sector. He was a special advisor to French President François Mitterrand, and served as first President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Essayist and novelist, he is the author of numerous works that include: Verbatim I (1993), Verbatim II and III (1995), Blaise Pascal ou le génie français (2000), L’homme nomade (2003), La voie humaine (2004).
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, is chairman of the International Panel on Democracy and Development (UNESCO), Vice-President of the High Council of Francophonie (Paris), and President of Egypt’s National Commission on Human Rights. He was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1992 to 1996 and first Secretary-General of the Francophonie Organization from 1997 to 2002. Mr Boutros-Ghali was Egypt’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister between 1977 and 1991. His published works include Mes années à la maison de verre (1999), Le chemin de Jérusalem (1997) and Soixante ans de conflit Israélo-arabe (2006).
Nouzha Guessous Idrissi, a Professor of biology and a specialist in parasitology, is the President of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee and a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization. Researcher and consultant in human rights and bioethics, she is also a member of the Biomedical Research Ethics Committee, a founding member of the Moroccan Organization of Human Rights and of the Moroccan Association of Bioethics.