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Africa Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)

ACTS is a policy research institution (established in 1988 in Nairobi, Kenya) that undertakes policy research and related activities on the application of science and technology to sustainable development. In 1992, ACTS revised its mandate to focus on implementing the results of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), including Agenda 21 and the conventions on biological diversity, climate change and desertification.

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African Academy of Sciences (AAS)

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Alexandria University Desalination Studies and Technology Center (ADST)

ADST is the national focal node linking the desalination activities in Egypt. It was first established in 1998 at the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University –Egypt, to promote the improvement of water supplies through desalinating reuse and other water sciences, and to encourage the exchange of the state of the art of treatment technologies. It is currently affiliated with Alexandria University. The major goals of ADST are: 1)conducting and coordinating Egyptian desalination activities, nationally, regionally and internationally; 2)encouraging research, development and appropriate utilization of desalination, desalination technology and water reuse; 3)promoting training activities in desalination; 4)encouraging and promoting environmentally responsible and efficient use of technology; 5)serving as a public forum to provide information on desalination related subjects, water reuse and other solute solvent separations; 6)offering technical diplomas in desalination technologies, desalination plant operations and maintenance; 7)establishing contacts between researchers, clients, consultants, contractors and equipment suppliers; and 8)promoting awareness of the true value of water and its augmentation by desalination.

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Arab Open University (AOU)

The AOU was established under the umbrella of the Arab Gulf Program for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND) which is a successful program dedicated to fund and assist in the establishment of numerous developmental projects worldwide. It has been adopted, in principle, as a private true pan-Arab institution of higher education of special status, based on the concepts and themes of Open Learning.

The AOU main goals and objectives include the following:
• Offering opportunities of higher education to a large population of qualified students.
• Providing a forum of continuing education in various disciplines of knowledge.
• Providing opportunities for professional training in response to market demands.
• Providing special opportunities in higher education to special strata of the society, including women and those residing in remote areas.
• Participating, as a contributing partner, in conducting research and scholarly activities deemed useful in areas of development that are of concern to the Arab society.
• Promoting humanistic and Islamic values and ethics.

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Middle East Seismological Forum (M.E.S.F.)

MESF is a Non-Profit Scientific Cyber Forum that provides a One-Stop Web Source for authoritative earthquake information on the Middle Eastern Region’s seismicity, seismologists and ongoing scientific activities for a better interaction and integration with the international seismological communities. MESF aims to cover a wide variety of multi disciplinary earthquake subject areas, such as seismology, earthquake databases, earthquake engineering, preparedness, coming events, agencies, associations and human resources, and the publishing of recent local scientists contributions on the region, and related topics that relates scientific research to development.

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World Academy of Young Scientists Arab Regional Unit (WAYS-ARU)

WAYS is formed as a continuation of the successful satellite event ("International Forum of Young Scientists" or IFYS) of the UNESCO-ICSU World Conference on Science in 1999. WAYS was derived from the IFYS participants’ decision to establish an organization that would function as a forum to communicate the opinion of young scientists to decision-makers in science policy. The WAYS mission is to provide an arena to interact and exchange information in order to extend scientific knowledge and improve collaboration between different generations of scientists worldwide, and communication between scientists and Society, and to create a platform to make the voice of young scientists heard about present problems and concerns through regular input into science policy and decision-making. The major goals & visions of WAYS are: 1) to assure the vitality of S&T by developing a scientifically literate and educated world community of young scientists; 2) to realize the potential of young people as the next generation of scientists and policy-makers; 3) to make science more attractive, comprehensible and accessible to everyone; 4) to generate a research climate that allows for creativity, open communication, and free flows of ideas and talents.

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