[12th October 2011]


Hon. Prof. Margaret Kamar, Minister for High Education, Science and Technology (center) during the opening session of the 8th Annual Meeting of Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum at Kyoto International Conference Centre on 2nd October, 2011.

Hon. Prof. Margaret Kamar, Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology led the Kenya delegation to the 8th Annual Meeting of Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum, which took place in Kyoto city from 2nd – 4th October, 2011. Others in the delegation included Prof. Shaukat Abdulrazak – Chief Executive Officer of the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST); Dr. Rispah Oduwo – Chief Science Secretary of NCST; and Mr. Mathew Kaikai – Second Secretary, Kenya Embassy. Prof. Miriam Were, a Kenyan and Laureate of Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, also attended the Forum.

The Hon. Minister informed the meeting about the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa region that had affected over 12 million people. This is the worst such phenomenon that the region has experienced in the last six decades. She thus proposed several science-based sustainable solutions to the food shortage in the region and in transforming the Horn of Africa into green and productive region.

Over 800 global leaders in science and technology, policy, business and media from approximately 80 countries, regions and international organizations participated at the Forum.

The meeting was aimed at creating a global human network based on trust and providing a framework for open discussions regarding the further progress of science and technology for the benefit of humankind, while controlling ethical, safety and environmental issues resulting from their application. The STS forum was inaugurated in November 2004 and holds an annual meeting starting on the first Sunday of October every year, in Kyoto, Japan.

More….. (Statement by the Hon. Minister)

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