Science Diplomacy in the Middle East
For the first time, representatives from the scientific and diplomatic communities in the Arab region convened for a dynamic and transformative discussion on regional opportunities for science diplomacy. Held under the Patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society, and organized jointly by CRDF Global, the United Nations ESCWA Technology Center, and the Jordan Royal Scientific Society, the forum brought together representatives from the scientific, diplomatic, and relevant policymaking communities to explore the potential of science and technology in addressing common challenges.
Similar to other regions around the world, countries in the Middle East face challenges concerning environmental sustainability, food and water security, and public health. These issues are borderless and require regional collaboration in the areas of science and technology. Science diplomacy provides an opportunity for countries to work together to develop sustainable solutions, while paving the way for future partnerships and trust between nations.
Over the two-day forum, speakers presented on science’s influence on policymaking, the importance of regional science collaborations, and the unique role of NGOs in science diplomacy. HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan; Dr. William Colglazier, Former S&T Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State; and Cathy Campbell, President and CEO of CRDF Global presented alongside science and technology experts from leading institutions in the region.
Interested in learning more about science diplomacy in the Middle East? Watch the videos from the workshop: