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  • > Science and technology for the well-being of all - Updated: 18-05-2007 10:12 am
    Within the framework of UNESCO's 60th anniversary celebrations, the 60 minute presentation on Science and Technology for Development, UNESCO HQ, 24 January 2006, highlighted the use of small technology and renewable energies in poverty reduction and sustainable development and presented an outstanding example in the Sahel.

    The Session  was complied of an introduction was followed by the three presentations:

    • Small is Working by Tony Marjoram, responsible for engineering sciences in UNESCO's Basic and Engineering Sciences Division :
    • Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development by Osman Benchikh, responsible for energy and renewable energy in UNESCO's  Basic and Engineering Sciences Division:
    •  The Sahel project - an example of using science and technology for development by Ms Chifa Tekaya, responsible for coordinating the Cross-Cutting Theme programme on poverty reduction in UNESCO's Social and Human Sciences Sector:


    Tony Marjoram introduced (and chaired) the session by noting the

    emphasis on knowledge societies in recent years and that knowledge, especially knowledge for development, relates particularly to science, engineering and technology (SET). The importance of knowledge

    generation, application, innovation and capacity building was recognized

    in several recent reports; including the report of the UN Millennium

    Project Task Force on Science, Technology and Innovation, “Innovation: Applying Knowledge in Development”, the report of the InterAcademy Council 2004: “Inventing a Better Future: A Strategy for Building

    Worldwide Capacities in Science and Technology”, and the report of the Commission for Africa: “Our Common Interest”.


    The increasing interest of the European Union and the DaimlerChrysler-UNESCO Mondialogo Engineering Award and exhibition, was also indicated as emphasizing the role of technology and development at UNESCO. The vital role of technology in history starting with the stone age, bronze age, iron age, industrial revolution and subsequent “waves” of technology change, including the 3rd wave of IC engines and heavy engineering, 4th wave of oil, automobiles and mass-production, and the 5th wave of computers and ICTs. The 6th wave of change, with “post-industrial” information societies and economies and new modes of knowledge generation, dissemination and application, is characterized by new areas of knowledge (ICTs, biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials technology), cross-fertilization and fusion (rise of new disciplines, decline of old, importance of innovation;  in turn underlining the vital role of science, engineering and technology in development.



    Click below for a complete summary of 60 minutes to convince, Science and Technology for Development, Week 20, Tuesday 24 January 2006 including the three presentations mentioned above.

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