[CODATA-international] CODATA Statement on the War in Ukraine

Devika P. Madalli devika at drtc.isibang.ac.in
Thu Mar 3 22:21:26 EST 2022

Science knows no boundaries! In a world facing critical issues that have
serious implications for the survival of humankind itself, war is so
unnecessary, wasteful and heartless to common people! May the power of
science and scientific thought prevail and once  this horrible phase is
over,  it will continue bonding of international communities in quest of
solutions that are so much needed. My thoughts are with all those affected.

Devika Madalli

On Wed, 2 Mar 2022, 21:47 Asha CODATA, <asha at codata.org> wrote:

> CODATA joins with our parent body, the International Science Council
> <https://council.science/current/news/isc-statement-ukraine/> (ISC), with other
> partners, including ISC members
> <https://council.science/statements-international-scientific-community-conflict-ukraine/>,
> in stating its deep dismay and concerns about the military operations being
> carried out in Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis.
> As the Committee on Data of the ISC, we call for the respect for
> international humanitarian law, and the preservation of scientific
> institutions and their valuable data resources. Most of all, we demand that
> the safety and well-being of our fellow scientists, data experts and
> colleagues be maintained.
> Ukraine and Russia are both members of CODATA, and we work closely with
> many dear colleagues and friends at scientific and data institutes in both
> countries. Kyiv, now under attack, hosted the 2008 CODATA Conference and is
> the location of our partner organisations, the World Data Centre for
> Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development <http://wdc.org.ua/>, the Igor
> Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute <https://kpi.ua/en> and the National
> Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
> <https://www.nas.gov.ua/EN/pages/default.aspx>. Many colleagues from
> these institutes, colleagues who have attended CODATA conferences and
> workshops, and young scientist alumni of our training activities, remain in
> Kyiv and are in danger. These women and men are our scientific colleagues,
> our partners in advancing the science of data and our friends in global
> collaborative work to use data better. Their freedom to pursue their
> scientific and human activities and their safety is paramount.
> CODATA’s mission <https://codata.org/about-codata/our-mission/> is to
> connect data and people to advance science and improve our world.  We exist
> to bring scientists and data experts together to share knowledge and to
> collaborate across borders.  Our origins lie in the bold and determined
> actions of scientists reaching across the Cold War divides in the great
> data gathering exercises of the International Geophysical Year of 1958, and
> subsequent concerted efforts to gather fundamental reference data in a host
> of research domains. We will continue to work in this spirit with all our
> colleagues. As stated by ISC we are “committed to continue advancing the
> equal participation and collaboration between scientists in all countries
> in its activities and the principle of the free and responsible practice of
> science which is enshrined in its statutes
> <https://council.science/what-we-do/freedoms-and-responsibilities-of-scientists/>
> ”.
> The Officers, Executive Committee and Secretariat of CODATA are united in
> their wish for a peaceful resolution and are committed to the
> internationalism and collaboration that has been a notable feature of
> CODATA’s history.
> *CODATA Officers and Executive Committee, 2 March 2022*
> Download the above statement
> <https://codata.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/CODATA-Statement-on-Ukraine-FINAL.pdf>
> --
> ___________________________
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