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Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, will chair the fourth meeting of the Global Colloquium of University Presidents on January 14-15. The meeting will take place on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. This year’s meeting, which will be hosted by Yale President Richard C.

The World Bank hosted a Science & Technology Stocktaking Meeting in Washington, DC in late November. Presenters included Bruce Alberts, President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; RA Mashelkar, Director General of CSIR, New Delhi; Judi Wangalwa Wakhungu, Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi; and Won-Young Lee, Technology Management Graduate Program, Seoul National University.

Government indifference threatens to put an end to the Uganda Millennium Science Initiative (MSI) project, says former executive director of the Africa Academy of Sciences, Tom Egwang.

The US $30 million MSI programme, financed by the World Bank and launched in 2006, has made great progress in many areas including malaria vaccines, fisheries, climate change and agri-biotechnology, says Egwang.

But, he claims, "it might not be renewed ... because our government does not care about it anymore."

Text from SciDev.Net.