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International Experts Call for New Approach to Ensure Challenges to Data Access and Management Don’t Slow Scientific Progress

<p>Complex changes in data production, distribution and archiving—and issues they raise regarding who pays for data, who preserves it and who has access to it—should prompt an international initiative that ensures current and future scientists worldwide will have the information they need, according to a new report on challenges to data management and access presented today to the International Council for Science (ICSU).</p>


International Council for Science Launches International Polar Year 2007-2008, an Endeavor of Historical Proportions

<p>Sparking a sense of urgency, enthusiasm and unity of purpose in the scientific community reminiscent of galvanizing endeavors such as man’s ventures into space and the Human Genome Project, the International Council for Science (ICSU) today formally launched an ambitious global programme for polar research that already has attracted more than 1000 research proposals submitted by scientists from around the world.</p>


UN General Assembly urged to strengthen worldwide capacities in science, technology, and innovation

<p>In an unprecendented statement to the UN General Assembly, the leadership of international scientific, engineering, and medical organizations urged the Heads of State and Government meeting in New York in September 2005 to strengthen worldwide capacities in science, technology, and innovation. Stronger capacities in science and technology are required to allow humanity to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals, the statement concludes. In September 2000, 147 heads of State and Government, and 189 nations in total, committed themselves by year 2015 to reduce significantly global poverty and the related problems of illiteracy, hunger, discrimination against women, unsafe drinking water, and degraded environments and ecosystems.</p>


Regional office for science in Africa inaugurated

<p>The International Council for Science (ICSU) inaugurated its first Regional Office today. Located in Pretoria and hosted by the National Research Foundation of South Africa, the ICSU Regional Office for Africa will promote the development of all fields of science throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The office will facilitate capacity building, including quality science education, training and research. Core objectives are to facilitate networks within Africa and increase participation of African scientists in international programmes.</p>


Experts warn ecosystem changes threaten development

<p>A landmark study launched worldwide today shows that approximately 60 percent of the ecosystem services that support life on Earth are being degraded or used unsustainably. <a href="">The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Synthesis Report</a>, compiled by 1,300 scientists in 95 countries, warns that the harmful consequences of this degradation could grow significantly worse in the next 50 years.</p>


Establishment of an International Council for Science Regional Office for Africa

<p>The International Council for Science ICSU) and the <a href="">National Research Foundation of South Africa</a> (NRF) have today signed an agreement establishing an ICSU Regional Office for Africa. The agreement was signed during the First ICSU Regional Meeting for Africa, which was hosted by the <a href="">Research Council of Zimbabwe</a> in Harare on 9 to 11 October 2004. The Regional Meeting discussed and recommended a number of priorities for the African Regional Office.</p>


International Council for Science (ICSU) Launches New Web Site

<p>The International Council for Science (ICSU), one of the world’s oldest independent, non-governmental scientific organizations, has launched a completely new Web site ( The diversified content and convivial style reflect ICSU’s interdisciplinary approach and longstanding commitment to international scientific cooperation.</p>


CERN announces major conference on the information society

<p>A side event to the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva, December 2003) will explore the past and future contributions of science to the information society. Hosted by CERN*, the Role of Science in the Information Society (RSIS) conference will bring together scientists and representatives of funding agencies and governments worldwide.</p>


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