The NAM S&T Centre is an inter-governmental organisation with a membership of 47 countries spread over Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. It undertakes a variety of programs, including organisation of workshops, symposiums and training courses and implementation of collaborative projects. The Centre’s activities provide opportunity for scientist–to–scientist contact and interaction; familiarizing participants on the latest developments and techniques in the subject areas; identification of the requirements of training and expert assistance; locating technologies for transfer between the members and other developing countries, and dissemination of S&T information etc. In addition, the Centre encourages academic-R&D-industry interaction in the developing countries through its NAM S&T-Industry Network.
MESSAGE FROM THE DG
Dr. Amitava Bandopadhyay
NAM Science &
Core 6A, 2nd Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road
My warm and hearty greetings to all!!
Air pollution is recognized as one of the top five causes of mortality linked to respiratory and heart diseases worldwide. In developing countries, outdoor air pollution primarily results from industrial emissions, vehicular combustion processes, fires, biogenic productions, burning of agricultural wastes as well as dust particles blown by wind from one region to the other. Common outdoor air pollutants include Particulate Matters (PM10 and PM2.5), Ozone, Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur Dioxide and Oxides of Nitrogen as well as spores and pollens.
Women and children specifically, are amongst the most vulnerable groups. It is also found that indoor air pollution affects children health as well. Children, compared to adults, have a higher metabolic and oxygen consumption rate because they are in the growing phase. Therefore, adverse effect of exposure to any air pollutant is greater in children as compared to adults. It is imperative for all the stakeholders, including scientists, doctors, policy makers and industrialists, to come together and deliberate on how to improve traditional approaches as well as the use of science, technology and innovation to mitigate air pollution and the health effects associated with it.
In order to focus on the above issues, the Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) jointly with Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India will be organising an International Workshop on ‘Air Pollution and Public Health: Challenges and Interventions’ in New Delhi, India during 5-7 February 2020. Scientists and experts from various NAM and other developing countries are expected to participate in the workshop and present their papers and exchange ideas & expertise with the Indian participants. The participants are also expected to come out with a set of recommendations and resolutions to tackle the growing challenges associated with “Air Pollution and Public Health”.
I wish the event a Grand Success.
(Amitava Bandopadhyay, Ph. D.)