Vázquez highlights the “pioneer status” of the Latin American and Caribbean Science Forum

The president of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, highlighted today the "pioneer status" of the First Open Science Forum of Latin America and the Caribbean (Cilac), which brings together more than 200 experts in this field from some 15 countries for three days and seeks to promote the dialogue between science, politics and citizenship.


"Let me emphasize the pioneering condition, the open character and the regional dimension of this forum, which I especially value because nothing is more contrary to science, from my humble point of view, than isolation and routine," he expressed during his speech at the conference. opening of this activity.

The Uruguayan head of state referred to the "revolutionary" plans for education and technological inclusion that are being carried out in his country, such as Ceibal, a project through which the State provides a laptop to each student and teacher in schools. public.

Next, Vázquez mentioned the Ibirapitá plan, a commitment by the Uruguayan Government, an extension of Ceibal, to advance the digital inclusion of older people through the delivery of a tablet.

In his opinion, these initiatives integrate knowledge, science, technology, citizenship and "policies with humanist values and principles."

"It is an irreversible and progressive revolution because it takes place in nothing more and nothing less than in the human mind," stated the Uruguayan president.

He valued that this meeting is the result of the "conviction and perseverance" of "many institutions", groups, people and "anonymous fundamentalists."

The activities will revolve around five thematic axes: scientific policies, universities for development, cultivating sciences and citizenship, sciences for the 2030 Agenda, and sciences for business innovation, on which the participation of some 280 speakers from around the world is expected.

Cilac seeks to establish itself as a platform to define common positions around a scientific agenda for sustainable development, and to bring the voice of the region to the global level of the World Science Forum, which will take place in Jordan in 2017.

This event, which will end on September 9, is organized by the UNESCO Regional Science Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Municipality of Montevideo, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, the University of the Republic, and the Association of Montevideo Group Universities. EFE

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