[CODATA-international] CODATA Statement on the War in Ukraine and Next Steps

Michael Meadows michael.meadows at uct.ac.za
Mon Mar 7 05:54:52 EST 2022

For information, the International Geographical Union today suspended membership of the Russian National Committee of IGU. See announcement here: https://igu-online.org/igu-executive-committee-suspends-the-igu-national-committee-of-russia/ You will see we have a particular context for this as Geographers.

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On 07 Mar 2022, at 12:21, Simon Hodson, ED CODATA <simon at codata.org> wrote:

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Dear Kostia, all;

Thank you for your message.  We are dreadfully concerned for our friends and colleagues in Ukraine and appalled by the suffering being inflicted.

You call for Russia to be temporarily suspended from CODATA and we understand your reasons for urging this.  Please be assured that we will take this call very seriously.  On the one hand, many such sanctions are rightly being made, and we have to ask ourselves if CODATA should not act in the face the aggression.  On the other, we do, quite rightly have a strong tradition of encouraging international scientific cooperation irrespective of geopolitical context and did so during the Cold War during numerous wars and proxy wars.  Some have argued that a distinction can and should be made between the academic and research institutions close to the Russian state and individual Russian scientist, whom we can and must treat in the spirit of scientific friendship.

We are consulting within the Executive Committee.  We are also asking advice from our parent body, the International Science Council and to understand their position on this matter and any action that might be taken.  This last step is extremely important in our view.

It is clear also that any suspension of membership from CODATA would need to be a decision of the General Assembly.  After taking advice from ISC and others, we may confer with delegates to determine whether a General Assembly should be called.

With very best wishes,

Simon, on behalf of Barend Mons, CODATA President.

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