The Government of the Republic of Panama, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has launched the "Strategy for Scientific, Technological Diplomacy and Innovation" as a 21 st Century Diplomacy Instrument on the Occasion of the Panamanian Diplomacy Day.

The Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, has emphasized "Scientific Diplomacy" as a tool at the service of all actors of International Relations, which promotes scientific work, technological development and innovation in the exercise of foreign policy and diplomatic relations.

Like the successes of the joint work of panamanian diplomacy and science, she cited the cooperation agreement with the United States of America and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for the destruction of old chemical munitions on the Island of San José, also as the approval by the International Maritime Organization of new shipping routes in panamanian waters to minimize collisions between ships and humpback whales in migration.

The Vice-President and the Chancellor also appreciated the contributions of members of Diplomatic and Consular Career of Panama, as well as the strengthening and generational renewal of this Administration through the incorporation, by tender, of more than one hundreds of professionals on the front line of the global agenda that includes different disciplines, including science, technology and innovation.

Within this context, she pointed out that 36 career diplomats work in the foreign service, that more than 20 occupy managerial positions at headquarters and that others hold various positions in different areas of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The opportunity was given to give special recognition to Elías Vargas, a 50-year-old civil servant in the service of the nation, who is an example of the commitment, surpassing and dedication that represents Panamanian diplomacy.

The ceremony included four panels with national and international panelists on topics such as Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, Science in Diplomacy, Public Policy and Foreign Policy based on scientific evidence, Diplomacy for the Science. Transnational Scientific Research Projects and Panama, Connectivity, Innovation and Competitiveness.

This diplomatic strategy is supported by the National Science and Technology Secretariat, the Government Authority for Innovation, the Institute for Scientific Research and High-Tech Services, the Gorgas Memorial Institute, the Smithsonian Institute of tropical research, The City of Knowledge and the United Nations Environment Program.

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