June 08, 2005 10:11 ET

RSC: Joint Science Academies Statements to be Discussed at the Upcoming G8 Summit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 8, 2005) - The Science Academies of the G8, on the occasion of the forthcoming summit to be held in Scotland on July 6-8, 2005, are pleased to present statements on two issues which are of major significance to our global community in general, and to the G8 in particular: Climate Change, and Science and Technology Development in Africa.

The first statement for consideration is that of climate change. A variety of studies have demonstrated that climate change will substantially affect society's milieu impacting the quality of life of our citizens. Because major parts of the climate system respond slowly to changes in greenhouse concentration, all nations must take prompt action to reduce the causes of climate change, adapt to its impacts and ensure that the issue is included in all relevant national and international strategies.

The second statement is concerned with science and technology in Africa. Science, technology and innovation will contribute in tackling a wide range of problems facing Africa. Building capacity for science and technology in Africa will create new opportunities for member states to develop their economies, educate and inform their citizens, and improve the health and well-being of Africans. Such outcomes will, in all likelihood, enhance the political and social stability on the continent.

The attached statements, which describe causes, effects and recommendations, have been signed by Science Academies from around the world. As one of the signing Academies, the Royal Society of Canada would be delighted if Canada seized the initiative, on these two matters, at the G8 summit. Both issues have been of substantial recent interest to Canada.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities, brings together distinguished scientists, researchers and scholars in Canada. Its primary object is to promote learning and research in the arts, natural and social sciences, and humanities.

See statements at the following addresses:

"Science and Technology for African Development":

"Global response to climate change":

Contact Information

  • The Royal Society of Canada
    Genevieve Gouin
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    The Royal Society of Canada
    Josee Lalande
    International Relations
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