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Third International Dialogue on Responsible Research and Development of Nanotechnology

Funded under: FP6-NMP, FP7-NMP


The 3rd International Dialogue on Responsible Nanotechnology took place in Brussels (Belgium, EU) on 11-12 March 2008. This Dialogue followed the previous two successful meetings in Alexandria (Virginia, USA) in 2004, and Tokyo (Japan) in 2006.
At this Dialogue there were 88 participants from 49 countries. Institutions, international organizations, major stakeholders and high level specialists participated in this two-day event.
This Dialogue represents a space for facilitating international sharing, bringing together stakeholders from public administrations who meet in their personal capacity to review progress, benchmark initiatives, identify differences and specificities, and explore synergies, with the ultimate aim of contributing to a responsible and sustainable development of nanotechnology.
This Dialogue is of informal nature and high level specialists can be invited, depending on the agenda of the meetings. Strict complementarity with other forums at global level is observed, never duplicating what is done competently and successfully elsewhere, but paving the way where appropriate for formal discussions in appropriate areas.
The aim of the Dialogue is to be inclusive with regard to all countries interested in a responsible and sustainable development of nanotechnology. In particular, this Dialogue has become a space where the societal impact of nanotechnology can be explored. It allows experiences to be discussed and possible synergies to be explored, aiming at the best possible standards, with regard to addressing peoples' expectations and concerns.
The ultimate aim of this Dialogue is to contribute to a development of nanotechnology that corresponds to the need of society as a whole, without disequilibria or "divides" within or between countries and regions. This process is expected to lead to positive worldwide developments, and eventually to good governance, as with several other historical parallels.

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