A Second Chance to Make a Difference in the Third World?

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Science  11 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5421, pp. 1760-1761
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5421.1760

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Later this month, the World Conference on Science, to be held in Budapest, will seek to raise the profile of research worldwide. But Third World scientists wonder if it will do much to help them if the governments of developed countries don't follow it up with funding. With the exception of a handful of "third-tier" nations whose economies have greatly expanded--including China, Brazil, and South Korea--most Third World nations have fallen even further behind in scientific research than they were 20 years ago when another major science summit--focused on research and development--was held in Vienna.