April 09, 2020
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, OWSD's partner organization TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences, have released a statement calling for strong support for developing countries, and especially the Least Developed Countries, from the global health and scientific communities. The statement urges international collaboration, especially South-South collaboration between developing countries, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath, to provide developing nations with expertise and scientific knowledge to respond to this crisis and guard against similar future events.
The statement highlights three key actions:
- Joint action by leading scientists, universities and research institutions worldwide to find appropriate cures for and vaccines against the virus.
- Joint action by governments and the private sector to strengthen the health care systems in developing countries, especially in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, through South-South and North-South cooperation.
- Exchange of best practices among national governments and Academies of Science in countries that have successfully responded to COVID-19.
TWAS also endorsed the previous statements issued by UNESCO and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), recognizing the essential need for the global research community to act collectively and for open science to control the spread of the virus.
Read the full statement by downloading the pdf below, or on the TWAS website.