The global and ever increasing problems of water and food security, the toll of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, newly emerging and re-emerging diseases on fragile economies, hamper national development and threaten global peace initiatives in the developing and least developed countries especially those with an agrarian based economy.
These issues preoccupy scientists and governments today. Throughout the next decade major trends through an intermix of the life sciences and information technology will involve increasing use of biotechnological processes in understanding life, eradicating hereditary diseases, developing novel bio-industries, and furthering the uses of biomedical products in conserving the quality of life and the environment through the promotion of clean technologies. UNESCO’s programmes in the life sciences aim at promoting international scientific co-operation in these fields, and bridging the scientific and technological differences existing between developed and developing countries. They provide the least developed countries with the tools for enhancing the quality of scientific research in keeping with rapid scientific advances. Furthermore national and regional issues of importance are addressed. These objectives are achieved in co-operation with competent non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, and through networking of specialized centres of excellence that organize training activities, workshops and research projects on a collaborative basis. The major focus is the development of endogenous national and regional research capacities in the biological sciences and biotechnologies, for especially the developing countries.For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org