Developing countries are increasingly recognising the importance of science in developing their economies, and the challenges that entails.
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This online publication, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), provides information on a wide range of issues related to agriculture including livestock disease, gender, climate change, biodiversity and finance. The website publishes podcasts on various development issues including insurance for seeds and how to share agricultural information in communities. It also provides news, opinions, research, links to online books as well as country profiles and events.
UNESCO's Global Ethics Observatory is an extensive database of ethics experts, institutions, teaching programmes, legislation, codes of conduct and resources relevant to ethical and human rights-based approaches to science and technology issues, including global environmental change and bioethics. These resources are intended to support member states' ethics-related activities. The website provides access to the network of databases which are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. It also provides information about data collection methods, other publications and support activities available for member states, and regional information centres.
The UIS, a branch of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), collects and circulates policy-relevant science statistics from more than 200 UN-member countries and territories. It aims to develop a database of indicators including gender disparities in various science disciplines. The website provides access to country profiles and data that can be searched by theme such as education, literacy, science and technology. Current surveys, key documents, factsheets on policy issues, questionnaires, reports and other publications are made available.
The aim of the Water Governance Programme for Arab States (WGP-AS) is to improve the use and management of scarce water resources in Arab countries by promoting an integrated approach and supporting the achievements of the Millennium Development Goal 7.
It also addresses cross-cutting areas such as adaptation to climate change, trans-boundary water management and gender mainstreaming. The website publishes free-to-access reports, events, as well as information on past and current projects.
WaterWiki is an interactive knowledge exchange and collaboration platform for the global water community, which aims to connect professionals to knowledge in the context of the UN system. It provides an online platform for sharing experience and lessons learned, with the overall aim of improving coordination and inter-agency cooperation in the water sector.
The website publishes reports, video, case studies from around the world, as well as links to useful organisations. Users can add new content and edit existing content in real-time.
The World Bank eAtlas of Global Development is an online, interactive tool that creates maps and graphs of more than 175 development indicators for more than 200 countries. Data for most indicators span several decades. The eAtlas allows users to transform data into customised visual comparisons across time, countries, and regions. Full colour maps and graphs can be compared and exported, while users can also import their own data and use additional features such as timeline graphing and ranking tables. The indicators are grouped into themes that cover critical issues such as poverty; food production; population growth; climate change; international trade; and foreign direct investment.