[CODATA-international] Fwd: CODATA Statement on the War in Ukraine - Need for actions not declaration

Paul BERKMAN Paul.BERKMAN at unitar.org
Sun Mar 6 12:31:34 EST 2022

Dear Friends,

Humankind is struggling to survive on a planetary scale and we, all 8 billion of us, are now at risk because of the Ukraine invasion.

This is a perilous time and the request from Kostiantyn does warrant action from CODATA.  How to frame the response is the challenge, noting simply yes or no will be insufficient, as reflected by the many messages received.

The freedom of Ukraine to speak as a nation demands listening and hearing the voices, loud and soft, from wherever they come.  This is our common responsibility at local to global levels now and forever, facilitating dialogues with inclusion and respect for the diversity of perspectives, ultimately to destroy the tyranny of systemic exclusion, especially by tyrants with militaries.

There is little any of us can do today, when actions are needed most urgently to stop the war.  But, we can honour those in Ukraine by operating short-to-long term, helping to make informed decisions that empower resilience across a continuum of urgencies.

In this context, it is short-sighted when nations indiscriminately close the doors on academic institutions and the longstanding relationships that offer internal as well as external pathways for peace, enabling the dialogues that build common interests to both promote cooperation and prevent conflict.

To Shuichi’s observations for humanity, it is not a pipe dream.   With hope and inspiration from Jules Verne - science fiction can become science reality and we are at a transformational moment in human history.  If we think it. We can build it.

Such progress requires continuous dialogues and the scientific community (inclusively across the natural sciences and social sciences with Indigenous knowledge) is perhaps the best tool of diplomacy that humankind has for building common interests among allies and adversaries alike across all manner of boundaries, short-to-long term.

As observed by the International Science Council this week, “Science has proven to act as a platform for dialogue even in times of war.”

Common-interest building with science diplomacy can help to reset the dialogues needed to stop the war in Ukraine, preventing the instabilities from propagating out of control into a global conflict.

I agree with Shuichi - “If over ten million academics in the world work together with the same purpose, we can make the change.”

Wishing for a swift end to the war in Ukraine and for the safety of the Ukrainian people,



Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman
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From: CODATA-international <codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org<mailto:codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org>> On Behalf Of IWATAShuichi
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Subject: [CODATA-international] Fwd: CODATA Statement on the War in Ukraine - Need for actions not declaration

Dear Friends,

We cannot move as a nation.
We scientists can move just as an individual.
It is pointed out clearly by Kostiantyn, Yuri and Marcin I think.

We scientists are in an international network of scientists able to communicate freely with one another.
Through intensive communications are formed mutual trusts whose accumulation will be developed into global trust.
Scientists must build trust with other scientists based on facts, irrespective of their national origin.

Overcoming the chaos of incentive, disinformation, infordemic, divides, deep fakes, narratives, truth and justice, scientists of the whole world must work together to unite the people for the sake of the prosperity of mankind.
What we can do now for protecting the people, their life, fundamental human right and human security is to use this scientist network as much as possible to make the nations to stop the war.
Each scientist has his/her personal network to work together for the world.

I myself have been talking with scientists and intellectuals on this issue as one activity.
If over ten million academics in the world work together with the same purpose, we can make the change.

I hope it is not the pipe dream.

----------------------Shuichi IWATA, from Tokyo------------------------------------------
Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo/
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MPDS Project Coordinator/
MGE Chief Scientist & Professor/
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From: CODATA-international codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org<mailto:codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org> On Behalf Of BOULTON Geoffrey
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Subject: Re: [CODATA-international] CODATA Statement on the War in Ukraine


Kostiantyn makes a request of us, that CODATA should suspend Russian membership. We have offered our Ukrainian colleagues our sympathy, now Kostiantyn requests use to act. We owe him a reply, is it yes, or no?


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Subject: Re: [CODATA-international] CODATA Statement on the War in Ukraine

Dear friends!

Let me, on behalf of the World Data Center for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development team and the Ukrainian scientific community, express gratitude for the words of support expressed in the CODATA Statement on the War in Ukraine and your personal messages and letters. It is very important for each of us to feel the support of friends and colleagues in this difficult time!

I'm afraid that you do not quite accurately imagine the scale of what is happening in Ukraine. Russia is waging a full-scale war on the Ukrainian territory. The Russian army has invaded along the entire length of the border between Ukraine and Russia, and is also attacking from the territory of the Republic of Belarus (the total length of the border is about 3,000 km).

The Russian army uses aviation, rocket artillery, vacuum and cluster bombs. The Russian army cannot achieve superiority over the Ukrainian military and launches rocket and bomb attacks on civilian targets, killing and injuring civilians. Entire residential areas of a number of large Ukrainian cities were destroyed, including Kharkov, Sumy, Chernihiv. Constantly carried out rocket attacks on the capital of Ukraine, the city of Kyiv. Many small towns were affected. Tonight, as I am writing this letter, Russian troops are shelling the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, Europe's largest nuclear power plant, from tanks, and a fire has already started on the territory of the plant.

The tragedy of this war has already affected every family in Ukraine. Putin declared denazification as one of the goals of the war, which implies the destruction of Ukrainian culture, traditions and their bearers - i.e. genocide.

Reliable information about the course of military operations and the basic needs of the defenders of Ukraine is published quite quickly on the website https://war.ukraine.ua/ and twitter https://twitter.com/StratcomCentre.

We are very grateful to the international community for their help. Thanks to the international support of partners from all over the world, the armed forces of Ukraine are now holding back the onslaught of one of the strongest armies in the world. We understand that Putin will not stop to the conquest of Ukraine. In future plans - to unite under the auspices of Russia all the countries of the Warsaw Pact, which threatens to destroy the fragile balance of global security.

Therefore, it is now extremely important for all progressive forces to unite and repulse the aggressor in all possible directions. Tough times call for tough decisions. We encourage the international scientific community to express their support for Ukraine not only in words but also in deeds. In addition to the sanctions imposed by your countries, we ask you to initiate the termination of all forms of cooperation with Russian scientific organizations (including the consideration of applications for new projects, the termination of funding for existing projects, the temporary exclusion/restriction of participation in the international scientific councils and unions, and etc.).

We also urge you to temporarily suspend Russia's membership in CODATA.
We have many great colleagues in Russia, we know them personally, we know that many of them do not support the government's actions to attack Ukraine. But now we are not talking about individuals. The proposed restrictions should concern institutions. It so happened that Russian scientific and educational institutions are one of the pillars of the current regime in Russia. Therefore, it is extremely important to send a strong signal to such organizations through the introduction of restrictions.
With hope for the victory of Ukraine and  all progressive forces,

Kostiantyn V. Yefremov
, PhD
Director, World Data Center for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development

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ср, 2 мар. 2022 г. в 17:24, Asha CODATA <asha at codata.org<mailto:asha at codata.org>>:

[https://codata.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/CDT_logo-sub_blue@3x-100-1024x451.jpg]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

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