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Hand in Hand with the UN
In Focus
In commemorating the 3rd International Day of Women and
Girls in Science, the Royal Academy of Science International
Trust (RASIT) and the Government of the Republic of Malta, and
in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade
and Development (UNCTAD), the Permanent Missions of
Costa Rica, Hungary and Vietnam to the United Nations, are
organizing a two-day forum at the United Nations Headquarters
in New York from 8 – 9 February 2018, focusing firmly on
“Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development”.

The 3rd Forum is co-sponsored by the Permanent
Representations of Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Cyprus,
Georgia, Paraguay, Portugal, Rwanda, San Marino and
Thailand to the United Nations; as well as the International
Labour Organization (ILO), the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) and the International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
In support of UNFPA Turkey Office work, HRH Princess Dr
Nisreen El-Hashemite presents medical Stethoscope and
a laptop to Aziza, 10 years old girl from Eskisehir City -
Turkey, to encourage to pursue her dream.  The Princess
spent  time with Aziza and her classmates and presented
them with gifts.  In close collaboration with UNFPA Office in
Turkey, next April the "Science Princess" will visit the
school and provide them with a Science Lab as well as
books, computers, and other science educational

RASIT is committed to improve the lives of girls and young
women by giving them opportunities to shape their own
future and the future of their communities, and to be the
lead innovators of tomorrow – TODAY.

RASIT encourages women in science to reach out to their
communities, sharing their achievements and their
impacts on people's everyday lives.  
Recognizing the Role of Science Teachers
So many people arguing that there is no need to be
concerned about the future because humans will
always have technology and innovation to get out of
trouble. Although science holds the solutions to
many of present and future challenges, however,
assuming that science will always be there when it
is needed is incredibly risky, especially if we cannot
engage and inspire the younger generations,
particularly women to pursue science.

If we are serious about closing gap between
countries, societies and communities, if we are
serious about the role of science in achieving the
SDGs, we should re-define excellence in science
education, and ensure that science teachers have
access to ongoing training and equipment and are
treated as professionals– with decent pay and
H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the
72nd Session of the UN General Assembly,
invited HRH Prince Zain El-Hashemite to his
office. During the meeting, Prince Zain shared
his opinion and vision on What the UN should
do on promoting itself and the work it does; how
to implement the SDGs and making them part of
people's lives and daily routine; and how
children’s thoughts and ideas can be solutions
for many problems.  
RASIT and United Nations Institute for Training and
Research (UNITAR), signed MOU for collaboration and
partnership in Sustainable Development Programs.

The thematic areas for collaboration include the
following topics: Public Private Partnerships;
Sustainable and Renewable Energies; Women in
Science Empowerment; Environment; Media; and

RASIT and UNITAR will work on: Organising joint
events; Identification of experts and areas of research /
studies which will have an impact on Sustainable
Development;Development of training materials and
training modules; Development of joint platforms or
networks for information sharing and knowledge
management; Undertaking advocacy and outreach
(publications, blogs, media materials, etc.); Exchange
of expertise, materials, publications, or other
information; and Organisation of training courses
(including e-learning courses), seminars and
workshops, internships and virtual teaching sessions.
RASIT Executive Director Addressed the 20th Session of the
United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for
Development, held at the UN Office in Geneva.

Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite speech focused on the
role of science in achieving sustainable development goals,
particularly goals 1,2,3,5,9 and 14; and emphasized the
important role that Youth and Women in Science can play in
achieving sustainable development goals.
RASIT Executive Director addressed the 3rd International
Conference held in Istanbul - Turkey and organized by
UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and Aydin Dogan Foundation,
in celebration of the International Day of a Girl Child.

HRH Princess Dr Nisreen El-Hashemite also joined the
girls during the workshop organized by UNICEF.
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RASIT and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality
and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) signed
MOU aiming to joins efforts in promoting Gender
Equality and Parity in all fields related to Sustainable

The Priority areas of work include: Promoting science
and its benefits; Recognising excellence of youth;
Supporting gender equality in science; Providing
scientific advice for policy development; Fostering
international and global cooperation; and Education and
public engagement.

RASIT and UN Women will work together on:
Sharing/facilitating networks of experts (particularly
female experts in science), collaborating on events,
conferences especially related to inter-governmental
fora, exploring establishing a “Science Café”, advocacy
and outreach through online platforms and through
publications as well as training related activities.