Naughten heads up global group on science & technology

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Denis Naughten with colleagues from the working group from Egypt, Benin, Thailand, Rwanda, Czech Republic, Bolivia and Switzerland.

 

Denis Naughten TD has been elected as Chairperson of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Working Group on Science & Technology.

The group serves as the global parliamentary focal point for issues related to science and technology and is composed of 21 members of parliament from across the five continents who have specific relevant knowledge and experience.

The role of the working group is to inspire global parliamentary action through legislative work in the field of science and technology. It also contributes to the implementation of the science and technology component of the IPU Strategy by focusing on ethics and combating the inequalities and discrimination that hinder universal access to science and technology.

The IPU is the global organisation of national parliaments established in 1889 to promote democratic governance, institutions, and values, working with parliaments and members of parliament to articulate and respond to the needs and aspirations of the people.

 The group advises IPU Members on the implementation of relevant international commitments; participates in the development of information and educational material for parliamentarians; carries out field visits to draw lessons from national initiatives for the edification of the whole parliamentary community; and lends more weight to parliamentary action by devising more effective strategies.

Commenting on his election Mr Naughten said: “I was honoured to be elected as Chairperson of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Working Group on Science & Technology. The goal of our working group is to build bridges between science and parliament at a global level.

“We have seen first-hand during covid-19 how important it is for science to be able to communicate clearly with government and how important it is for government and parliament to critically analyse that evidence and then weigh it up against competing demands.

“This relationship needs to be strengthened by building relationships and trust that can ensure that the best strategic decisions are made now for our future development. We are facing unprecedented challenges in terms of climate change, biodiversity, food & energy security as well as inflation and economic growth and bridging the evidence gap between science and politics is vital to be able to overcome these challenges in a comprehensive way,” concluded Denis Naughten.