Thursday, March 24, 2005

Princess urges more focus on science impact

Bangkok Post article:

"Scientists were urged to focus more on the consequences of their actions and discoveries in terms of the effect on natural and cultural resources, said distinguished speakers including HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

"Scientific development and application should be carried out without prejudice and selfishness and with respect for natural and cultural resources, Princess Sirindhorn said in her speech as she inaugurated the 4th session of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (Comest) yesterday..........

"Science must be held accountable for its actions and for the consequences, and this required ethical engagement by society, said Unesco director-general Koichiro Matsuura.

"Scientific ethics must be relevant to bread-and-butter issues such as poverty, public health, agricultural productivity and environmental degradation, said Mr Matsuura, a conference co-organiser."

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