[ASC-media] Media release: Science, technology and innovation essential for achieving UN Millennium Development Goals

Jacinta Legg jacinta.legg at science.org.au
Fri Sep 23 15:25:08 EST 2005


Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Technological
Sciences and Engineering



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 23 September 2005





Internet, training, education and partnerships all vital



The heads of international scientific, engineering, and medical
organisations have made an unprecedented effort to encourage Heads of
State and Government at the United Nations General Assembly, to support
the essential role that science, technology and innovation have to play
in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.


In releasing the UN Statement in Australia on behalf of two of the
signatory international organisations, the President of the Australian
Academy of Science, Dr Jim Peacock and the President of the Australian
Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Dr John Zillman,
called for Australian Government support for its seven point plan. 


'We all have a part to play,' Dr Peacock said. 'Each nation must have a
source of independent, credible and timely advice to government policy
makers and the public on critical issues involving science and


'That is a particular challenge for our learned Academies,' said Dr
Zillman who, as current President of the International Council of
Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS), is one of
the 11 signatories of the international statement to world leaders. 


Other signatory organisations included The InterAcademy Panel (IAP), The
InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP), The World Federation of Engineering
Organisations and the International Council for Science (ICSU). 


As President of the Australian Academy of Science, which is the
Australian affiliate to ICSU, IAP and IAMP, Dr Peacock stressed the
importance of international partnerships in science and technology. 'It
is critical that appropriate international networks are in place to
enable all nations to share their experiences and have a source of
independent, credible, and timely advice.


'And scientists the world over need to commit to working with
appropriate partners to help implement these urgent actions. Effective
public and private partnerships will be important in this regard. Access
to the Internet by all scientists and academic institutions is a vital
component of this knowledge sharing for capacity building,' Dr Peacock

Dr Zillman added, 'Sustained progress in reducing poverty and related
problems will require strengthened institutions for science, technology,
and innovation throughout the world, including in each developing
nation. There can be no doubt that science, technology, and innovation
are essential components of effective strategies and programs for
reducing poverty and its many associated problems. This has been shown
in the past time and again.'


He noted that training future generations of scientists, engineers, and
medical experts, including both women and men, and improvement at all
levels of education, from primary to tertiary is another significant and
urgent consideration. 


'Only with well-educated people can any nation hope to create, adapt,
and exploit scientific and technological solutions appropriate to
achieving its own specific goals.'



For further information, including the full statement to the UN, or to
arrange an interview with either Dr Peacock or Dr Zillman, phone Cathy
Reade on 0413 575 934 or email creade at squirrel.com.au
<BLOCKED::mailto:creade at squirrel.com.au> .

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