A "round table" conference on social sciences, which was arranged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), ended in Lome on October 7.
GV INT. Platform party(L to R) M. N'Sugan, M.Bakary, Messrs Lyons, Koffi, Bloch & Akakpo.
SCU Mr Lyons
SV Nanamale(left) & Gaba seated in audience
LV Audience clap
SCU ZOOM OUT from Lyons to Platform party
CU Mr N'Sugan
SV Ambassadors seated
SV & CU Mr Bloch speaking, PAN TO audience applauding (3 shots)
PLATFORM PARTY(LEFT TO RIGHT) - AGLEMAGNON N'SUGAN, PERMANENT UNESCO DELEGATE IN TOGO AND PRESIDENT OF AFRICAN UNESCO GROUP: KAMIAN BAKARY, INTERIM DIRECTOR OF UNESCO REGIONAL BUREAU: GENE LYONS, HEAD OF UNESCO SCIENCE DEPARTMENT: MATHIEU KOFFI, TOGOLESE MINISTER OF YOUTH, SPORT, CULTURE AND SOCIAL SCIENCES: LEONCE BLOCH, UN REPRESENTATIVE IN TOGO: AKAKPO AHIANYO, DIRECTOR OF TOGO'S SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE:(IN AUDIENCE) GBEGBENI NANAMALE, TOGO MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS AND LAURENT GABA, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
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Background: A "round table" conference on social sciences, which was arranged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), ended in Lome on October 7.
The five days of discussions had been attended by representatives from Dahomey, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal,Tanzania, Cameroun, and Zaire as well as the host country.
As well as social problems, the delegates discussed teaching and research, and the strengthening of ties between institutes in African and abroad. M. Gene Lyons, the director of UNESCO's science department, who attended the conference, said this latter aspect had been very successful and should result in improved links with world-wide institutions. He thought the conference would provide a useful contribution to the UNESCO general conference which will open in Paris on Monday(October 16).
The Togolese government were thanked for their warm welcome by M. Leonce Bloch, the United Nations' resident representative in Togo. He said the way the Togolese authorities agreed to host the conference proved that they understood that social sciences were an integral part of economic development.
The conference was chaired by M.Mathieu Koffi, the Togolese minister for Youth, Sport, Culture and Scientific Research.
SYNOPSIS: An important conference on social sciences has been held in Togo.
M.Gene Lyons, director of UNESCO's science, was among the top-level experts attending.
Togolese cabinet ministers were among the audience, who also included many diplomats. Talking part in the round table discussions were representatives from ten African nation. They exchanged views and ideas on many topics, ranging from social problems to teaching and research.
M. Lyons said the conference should result in improved links between African countries and international institutions. It is also expected to provide an important contribution to the UNESCO general conference which opens in Paris on Monday.
Mr Bloch, the United Nations representative in Togo, thanked the government for helping organise the conference. He said their enthusiasm proved that Togo recognised that social science was an integral part of economic development. The proceedings had been arranged and chaired by M. Mathieu Koffi, Togo's minister for Youth, Sport, Culture and Scientific Research.