Micro-symposium on the role of biotechnology in the post-2015 development agenda
A micro-symposium on the role of biotechnology in the post-2015 development agenda will be organized jointly by UNESCO and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, at the UNESCO Headquarters on 13 February 2015, Room IV.
UNESCO and the permanent delegation of India to UNESCO will organize a micro-symposium on Biotechnology for the post-2015 development agenda which will be inaugurated by the Director-General and representatives from the Government of India.
Biotechnology so far has provided effective solutions for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger through increased crop yields, and providing affordable healthcare - from bench-to-bedside. The event will highlight the Category 2 UNESCO Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), which focuses on building capacities of regional scientists in basic sciences research to address global developmental issues in health and agriculture. RCB aims to develop a specialized talent pool that is scarce in the sub-region (disciplines such as Biomedical Sciences, Bioengineering, Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences, Climate Science, Agriculture and Environment, and Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs, IPR and Policy), empowerment for experimentation, and the ability to seed innovation centres in other parts through sandwich programmes in an inter-disciplinary area. RCB aims to be a place for harmonizing biotechnology policies and regulations with the countries in the region to indirectly benefit the biotech industry sector in terms of trade and commerce.
The micro-symposium will highlight the achievements of the RCB and its future research priorities best contributing to the 2015 post-development agenda and providing a number of expert views on the trends of biotechnology development in the World.