Read the new online issue of UNESCO's magazine, The World of Science.
Walter Erdelen's Editorial begins:
"The Cuban Ministry of Science and Technology (S&T) and UNESCO are organizing a regional conference on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development from 1 to 3 December in Havana. The organizers are deliberately departing from a business-as-usual approach. Rather than aiming for the adoption of a set of recommendations – the more usual outcome of conferences of this kind – they will be putting on the table a series of projects for regional co-operation that participants will be invited to criticize, improve upon and possibly approve. These operational projects will include such areas as disaster risk reduction, science education and science popularization. UNESCO will then assist Member States in identifying project funding. The rationale behind this approach is that projects are an effective way of stimulating intra-regional co-operation in areas of common concern."