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USTY President participated in the World Science Forum in Budapest, Hungary

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USTY President participated in the World Science Forum in Budapest, Hungary

USTY president Prof. Dr. Hameed M . Aklan participated in the World Science Forum held in Budapest, Hungary from 4 to 7 November 2015, under the theme: "The Enabling Power of Science" reflecting on the way how science opens new paths for the improvement of human life, business innovation and policy making.  Over 900 Science Leaders from over 100 Countries Gather at the World Science Forum 2015 Budapest Calling for a More Responsible and Ethical Use of Science to Address Pressing Global Challenges in Environment and Health At the opening ceremony, a televised speech was delivered by Mr. Ban Ki Moon General-Secretary of Untied Nation. Also a panel of global thought-leaders declared renewed intent to fight poverty and promote just, equitable and inclusive social development based on the restoration, protection and sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystems. Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, opened four days of events, addressing a large audience of diplomats, global science stakeholders and key influencers.

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President of WSF 2015 and of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Lászlo Lovász called upon delegates to do more to accelerate the accumulation, use and diffusion of scientific knowledge and its application in technological innovations capable of reshaping our world for the better. Accentuating the positive, he remarked that: “science is enabling us to confront hunger and diesease, to tackle our ever-growing demand for energy and to connect and communicate with immediate effect, while providing the social and economic foundations for an improved quality of life for ever-increasing numbers of people. We should be proud of these achievements”. Warning against complacency, however, he went on to add that: “at the same time, science has revealed the complexity of the world and laid bare the extent of human civilisation’s impact on the Earth’s fauna, flora and climate, that it has overused its natural resources and has become a threat for the life of present and future generations. How meetings like this rise to the challenge of building greater consensus about how to apply the best of science will certainly play, in no small part, a major role in determining humankind’s success or failure in the 21st century. There is no margin for error”.

A Conference Declaration To Be Reckoned With 

It is expected that the legacy of WSF 2015 will be an unequivocal wake-up call to scientists and science diplomats to better understand the impacts climate change will have on the natural and social systems of the earth. In this regard, the conference will make a special plea for greater empowerment of scientists to hold decision-makers to account for the targets they set as legally binding agreements on climate.

Secondly, conference leaders will call for a greater application of scientific solutions in areas of disaster risk reduction and resilience building to natural and human made disasters, particularly in areas of dense populations. 

Thirdly, conference leaders will applaud and support recent global trends towards a more pronounced use of science in policy-making and the efforts to bridge the difficulties inherent in the roles of scientists and policy-makers which must allow for greater stakeholder inclusion.

Fourthly, conference leaders will call for more to be done to tackle inequalities between countries and regions. WSF welcomes the strong participation of delegates from many African, Asian and Latin American countries here to promote cooperation and integration to build and accumulate capacities to harness and govern modern sciences. Despite clear advances in a number of emerging economies and societies in transition, the knowledge and economic divide is widening, thus curbing the potential of science and technology to contribute to global human and economic development.

Finally, in deciding to host WSF 2017 in Jordan after a successful event in Brazil in 2013, the organising parties are building knowledge and facilitating integration in those countries and regions that need it most.

 

 

 

 

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