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Science Academies Call Attention to Global Challenges

Science academies from around the globe recently issued joint statements to call world leaders' attention to the role science, technology, and innovation can play in the pursuit of sustainable development, and to raise their awareness of the emerging threat of drug resistance in infectious agents including tuberculosis.  The "G-Science" statements are intended to inform government leaders attending the G8 Summit this month and other international gatherings later this year.

  • The first statement, Driving Sustainable Development, highlights how science, technology, and innovation can address many of the challenges involved in meeting the needs of a burgeoning human population, especially the 1.3 billion people still living in extreme poverty. 
  • The second statement, Drug Resistance in Infectious Agents, highlights the steady rise worldwide of untreatable tuberculosis infections, and Enterobacteria, a common bacterial infection spread in hospital settings that has recently become resistant to "last-resort antibiotics

The statements were signed by the leaders of the national science academies of Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, as well as the regional African Academy of Sciences.
 
Several of the Koshland Science Museum’s interactive online exhibits, including Earth Lab: Degrees of Change and Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health, allow visitors to delve into the complex issues associated with sustainability and infectious diseases.