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Scientific and technological cooperation on environment challenges between Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


Today most leaders recognise the critical role of knowledge in marshalling solutions to increasingly complex challenges to our societies. Entire economies are judged by the investment they make into education, science, technology and innovation. Knowledge is indeed critical for turning these challenges into opportunities for more sustainable development. The 1999 Rio Summit of Heads of State and Government of Latin American, Caribbean and European countries therefore placed scientific and technological cooperation firmly on the agenda for bi-regional cooperation. Since the Madrid Summit in 2002, leaders are promoting the development of an EU-LAC Knowledge Area for solving societal problems and creating new opportunities.
European, Latin American and Caribbean sensitivities towards environment problems can be different because of diverse circumstances and historical trajectories. However, there is much agreement, not only on shared cultural values and economic interests, but also in the identification of issues of common interest. All countries in both regions have ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity, endorsed the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals. The EU Water Initiative has a regional Latin America Component and several bi-regional workshops have refined priority issues for research cooperation in the specific socio-economic context of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Four countries have S&T cooperation agreement with the European Union (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico); three sub-regional groupings negotiate association agreements: Central America, the Andean Community and MERCOSUR. Chile and Mexico are already associated to the European Union. Cooperation uses instruments from several policy areas, including external relations, trade, technical and economic cooperation and scientific cooperation.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008. 8 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-80-08-267-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-08402-7
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