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International science in support of refugee scientists

UNESCO-TWAS, InterAcademy Partnership, Intern.Science Council

20 April, 12:59
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, APR 20 - The World Academy of Sciences (UNESCO-TWAS), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the International Science Council (ISC) will launch today the Science in Exile Declaration titled "Supporting at-risk, displaced and refugee scientists: A call to action". The Declaration outlines six key commitments necessary for both immediate and long-term support, and protection to scholars and scientists who are at-risk.

UNHCR estimates that, by mid-2021, more than 84 million people worldwide had been forcibly displaced, because of war, sociopolitical instability, persecution and climate change, the promoters of the initiative said.

"The 2021 UNESCO Science Report highlights that the international community must ensure that the skills and training of displaced and refugee scholars do not go to waste, and that scientists preserve and develop their expertise, both for their sake, and for the benefit of their home and host countries", said TWAS President Mohamed Hassan.

"Today, together with dozens of scientists and organizations worldwide, we reaffirm our shared vision of an international movement that promotes the protection of scientists, leading to better science and contributions to humanity", said Sir Richard Catlow, Co-President of IAP. (ANSA).

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