Bangladeshi scientist Firdausi Qadri has been named as a member of a high-level panel which will advise the UN chief on the organisational and operational aspects of a proposed Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism dedicated to the least developed countries (LDCs).
A prominent immunologist, Qadri is director at Centre for Vaccine Sciences of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).
She has experience over 25 years in the development of vaccines for cholera and has expertise in other infectious diseases. Qadri received a major science prize at the TWAS annual meeting in October 2013.
The UN Secretary-General appointed Romain Murenzi, executive director of the World Academy of Sciences in Trieste, Italy and former Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Scientific Research of the Republic of Rwanda, as the chair of the panel, according to a UN press release.
The high-level panel is constituted in response to a request to the Secretary-General by the UN General Assembly, during its 68th session, to establish a panel to examine the scope and functions of the proposed Technology Bank, its organisational aspects and its institutional linkages with the UN, according to a press release.
The panel members include five women and five men from least developed countries and their development partners from the North and the South.
Other panel members include, Mohamed Hassan of Sudan, Bruce Lehman of the United States, Tebello Nyokong of South Africa, Dorte Olesen of Denmark, Posh Raj Pandey of Nepal, Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis of Haiti, Fang Xin of China, Hakan Karatas of Turkey, and the UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States and Gyan Chandra Acharya.
The Secretary-General has asked the panel to prepare practical recommendations on this important matter, which can provide a strong impetus to accelerating structural transformation and sustainable development of the LDCs.
To hold its first meeting in next February, the panel is expected to submit its report to the Secretary- General during summer next year, for transmission to the General Assembly during its 70th session.