ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry will represent Pakistan in the virtual ministerial dialogue titled “COVID-19 and Open Science” to be held on Monday (today) via video link.
The dialogue is being arranged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The purpose of the ministerial meeting is to consider proposals and future action plans for the prevention of global diseases with the help of science.
The meeting will also consider the possible immediate and equitable participation of data and scientific information worldwide regarding global war against COVID-19 and other unknown epidemic diseases and threats.
At the meeting, the director-general will also give a presentation on UNESCO science and the prevention of pandemic diseases.
All ministers will discuss and consult on policy and lessons in this context.
In the meeting, the world-renowned Nobel laureate scientists will also inform participants of their experiences and observations on COVID-19.
According to UNESCO, the purpose of the meeting is to provide a platform for dialogue and share experiences and lessons learnt on how science has informed evidence-based decision making.
The ministerial meeting and the associated ‘Plea for a global pact for Open Sciences and international scientific collaboration’ intends to reaffirm the critical role of science to contain the pandemic and preparedness for the future. This initiative will help support the international coalition of scientists and mobilise policymakers and reaffirm the importance of science for informed policy-making and in meeting global challenges including addressing COVID-19.
The scientists and policymakers will discuss which policy measures are needed to ensure adequate scientific collaborations and what additional mechanisms and international platforms are necessary for ’opening science’.
They will ponder on how can science provide solutions in the ‘war against COVID-19” and other future unknown pandemics and threats.
The meeting will begin with a short presentation by the Director General-UNESCO, updating the situation and presenting how science has been informing the decision making to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, followed by interventions from Ministers to share policy responses and lessons learned. TLTP