Rio meet focuses on using science to root out poverty

Feb 25, 2013
An Indian child plays in a slum on the outskirts of Hyderabad on June 5, 2012. Scientists from 55 countries opened a two-day meeting Monday to mull how to use science to fight poverty and promote sustainable development.

Scientists from 55 countries opened a two-day meeting Monday to mull how to use science to fight poverty and promote sustainable development.

Taking part were members of the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), a global network of 106 national science academies tackling such issues as global warming, , human reproductive cloning and evolution.

"It's an opportunity to raise the voices of science academies around the world, to see, discuss the role of science to overcome the major challenges facing mankind," said Marcello Barsciski, a researcher at the Rio-based Oswaldo Cruz Foundation.

The theme of the conference, he added, dovetails with discussions at major international forums such as the UN Rio+20 summit on sustainable development last year.

Based on the "Future We Want" document signed in Rio last June, the panel organized its meeting to find solutions for the welfare of mankind and for sustainable development, said Eduardo Krieger of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

"This conference is important because we have an agenda until 2015, but nothing scheduled beyond that," noted Jorge Chediek, the Brazil representative for the United Nations Development Program.

He pointed to the to eliminate by 2015, arguing that they were "influenced by " and now required input from the least .

"Science has a role to play. We know we have to change the path of development and this implies changing the civilization path and showing the world a better way," Chediek said.

The debates will also focus on food security and climate change.

Conferences of the InterAcademy Panel, a body created in 1993, are held every three years.

Explore further: Funding review casting shadow over Portuguese research could cloud other countries

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

UN, Brazil to host Internet debate on green planet

May 18, 2012

The United Nations and the Brazilian government are launching an Internet debate around 10 themes for a green planet to elicit suggestions from experts and the public for next month's Rio+20 summit.

One in seven suffer malnourishment: UN food agency

May 30, 2012

One in seven people suffer from malnourishment, the head of the UN's food agency said Wednesday in a report released ahead of a summit on sustainable development to be held in Rio de Janeiro June 20-22.

Landmark Rio summit on 'green' economy opens

Jun 20, 2012

World leaders open a UN summit Wednesday where they are set to endorse a blueprint for eradicating poverty and protecting the environment that critics insist is a threadbare compromise.

Recommended for you

How to win a Tour de France sprint

Jul 22, 2014

The final dash to the line in a Tour de France sprint finish may appear to the bystander to be a mess of bodies trying to cram into the width of a road, but there is a high degree of strategy involved. It ...

Bible museum planned for US capital

Jul 18, 2014

The devout Christian family that upended a part of President Barack Obama's health care law aims to open a Bible museum in Washington in 2017, a spokesperson for the project said Friday.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Argiod
1 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2013
The ONLY way to wipe out poverty is to get rid of the greed among the rulers of the planet. When the top wealthiest on the planet quit hogging all the resources and keeping the rest of us impoverished, we can look towards true equality. As it is, equality is just a word.