The Johannesburg World Summit 2002, which has just concluded, may have been a disappointment to many, but one thing is certain, science has an important role to play in tackling many of the problems that face developing countries.
“Let us face the uncomfortable truth,” the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, “the model of development we are accustomed to has been fruitful for the few, but flawed for the many.? Urging implementation of a sustainable development agenda, Annan said that action starts with governments, and that the richest countries must lead the way.
Next Wave’s September feature looks at the career opportunities for scientists committed to tackling those problems, by working in, and collaborating with scientists from, developing countries. Throughout the month of September you can read firsthand stories from scientists that have worked in developing countries all around the globe. Our feature articles introduce hot research projects, explain the practicalities of working in the developing world, and show how these choices can affect your career path.
And we look at the science policy background, with guest editorials from the director of the United Nations Development Programme, Mrs. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (this week), and Professor Atta ur Rahman, UNESCO science laureate and science minister of Pakistan (next week).
Global co-operation is the key to making a difference. Our feature contributors are working in every corner of the planet in fields as diverse as ecology, biomedicine, agriculture, health, and technology transfer. Enjoy reading ?Science in and for Developing Countries,? and feel inspired to think about the ways in which you might establish similarly prolific collaborations for the benefit of your research–and for humankind.