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CIOs to Meet at an Annual Summit in Dubai by Fleming Gulf Conferences

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 28, 2012 –(PR.com)– Middle East businesses are now investing in technology and are considering the role of the CIO to ensure stability across all processes within the organisation from the back office to the front office. The challenge in today’s organisations is to create value for all businesses through technology. In 2012, will CIOs regard …

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Climate science ‘needs greater social science input’

  Climate researchers pay too little attention to social sciences, delegates at the International Conference of Mountain Countries on Climate Change have heard. The meeting in Nepal (5–6 April) was attended by around 30 country representatives, and concluded with a ‘Kathmandu Call for Action’, with a view to highlighting the specific needs of mountain countries at international negotiations, including the forthcoming Rio+20 Summit …

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Interview with Nobel prize winner Elinor Ostrom on climate change

The governance of natural resources like land, the oceans, rivers and the atmosphere, can affect the impact of some of the world’s biggest crises caused by natural events like droughts and floods. How best to manage those resources has been at the heart of the work by Nobel Prize winner (economics) Elinor Ostrom. She has been looking at how communities …

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African scientists urged to solve African health problems

South Africa’s science minister, Naledi Pandor, has called for increased efforts by African nations to build both a greater ability to carry out research relevant to their specific health challenges, and the capacity to put such research to use. “It is essential that African researchers become involved in finding solutions for the problems of Africa,” Pandor told the opening of Forum 2012, a three-day meeting on health research …

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DM Arabic language team launches website

Coinciding with the Arabic language initiatives launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of UAE, Prime minister and ruler of Dubai, Eng. Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality launched the website of the Arabic language team of the Municipality . Eng. Lootah has stressed the keenness of the civic body to support and promote the Arabic language as …

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Global development agenda ‘must prioritise agriculture, food policy’

Major risks to food security have successfully helped to push agriculture and food policy higher up the international development agenda, according to a report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). However, according to IFPRI’s 2011 Global Food Policy Report — released yesterday (23 April) — although 2011 did not see the food price spikes of 2008, price volatility remains a continuing challenge exacerbated by unrest and …

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Groundwater development is not the answer for Africa

Research showing the extent of Africa’s significant groundwater reserves should not detract from the real challenges to meeting the continent’s drinking water demands, argues Roger Calow, head of the Overseas Development Institute’s Water Policy Programme. Recent research has found that Africa’s groundwater resources — water found in non-renewable aquifers underground — are 100 times greater than that found in rivers and lakes. Shallower …

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Egypt’s presidential candidates pledge to boost science

As Egyptians prepare to vote in next month’s presidential elections (23-24 May), many candidates have promised new strategies for science, technology and innovation, and pledged to increase government expenditure on research. The frontrunner, the independent candidate Amr Moussa, has told SciDev.Net he will increase the national research budget to “two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2016” if elected. “In my first 100 days as a president …

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Abu-Ghazaleh Addresses Change for Quality in Education

We need a new learning system for a new knowledge world – Abu-Ghazaleh Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) stressed that we need a new educational system that is compatible with the knowledge age. Speaking at the Annual Private Schools Conference on “Quality of School Education” held at the Kempinski Hotel- Dead Sea, Abu-Ghazaleh, Guest of Honor, said …

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American Hardwood Export Council supports development of ‘green building codes’ in Bahrain

  AHEC to highlight LCA Study and promote environmental credentials of U.S. hardwoods at ‘gulfBID’ exhibition The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, has expressed its support for the development of a ‘green building code’ in Bahrain. The announcement coincides with the opening of ‘gulfBID’, the leading annual exhibition for the …

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