Tuesday, March 29, 2005

UN to set up science advisory mechanism

SciDev.Net article

"Kofi Annan, the secretary-general of the United Nations, has announced plans to create a high-level advisory panel to help integrate science and technology into the development efforts of all the member organisations of the UN system.

"The panel's two dozen members, made up of 'leading scientists, policymaking officials and political leaders', will advise both Annan and the United Nations Development Group on the best ways to support the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

"In particular, the panel — to be known as the Council of Development Advisers partly to emphasise its breadth of approach — 'will issue periodic reports and commentaries, and will liaise with scientific, civil society and other bodies with relevant expertise', according to Annan.

"Annan has also announced that he is to appoint a scientific advisor to provide 'strategic forward-looking' scientific advice on policy matters, with responsibility for 'mobilising scientific and technological expertise within the United Nations system and from the broader scientific and academic community'."

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