Human Rights Activist Stephen Lewis Spreads the Message of Social Responsibility



    Former UN Envoy Speaks at the 5th Science Centre World Congress in
    Toronto

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - In a moving keynote speech today, Stephen Lewis,
former United Nations Ambassador and Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS encouraged
science centre leaders to continue using their programs and influence to
motivate visitors to take action on global humanitarian crises.
    "The social responsibility you bring to everything that you do, the sense
of interactivity, helping those who visit understand how these technological
and scientific forces mesh - that is a real contribution to social
responsibility and engagement of society," said Stephen Lewis.
    Mr. Lewis delivered the keynote presentation on the second day of the 5th
Science Centre World Congress, hosted by the Ontario Science Centre, at the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
    "The tradition that has evolved with Science Centre World Congresses is
that we invite keynote speakers from outside our field," said Ontario Science
Centre CEO and Congress Chair, Lesley Lewis. "They are selected for their
ability to inspire delegates, to challenge our thinking and to promote
discussion both during the congress and following. Mr. Lewis is a perfect
example of that inspiration."
    As a politician, diplomat and international envoy for humanitarian
efforts, Mr. Lewis has dedicated himself to improving the human condition. The
Stephen Lewis Foundation funds grass roots projects in Africa that help
individuals, families and communities ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
    Social Responsibility and Science Centres was the theme of the second day
of the congress, attended by over 400 science centre leaders from 51
countries.
    The day's panel discussions included the topic of access to clean
drinking water and how science centres from Singapore, Mexico City and Sudbury
are educating the public about this precious resource. In "Working Together to
Decide the Future of Our Planet" delegates from Pretoria, Amsterdam and Paris
talked about the role of science centres in helping citizens orient themselves
in today's world and contribute to society.
    For daily podcasts, summaries of the keynotes and plenary sessions and
more information on the 5SCWC schedule visit www.5SCWC.org.

    The Ontario Science Centre is hosting the 5th Science Centre World
Congress from June 15 to 19, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Themed Science Centres as Agents of Change-Locally, Nationally and
Internationally, this is the first time the congress is being held in
North America. This triennial international event brings together CEOs and
senior decision makers from the world's leading science centres to discuss
issues and opportunities in the field, and the central role science
organizations play in increasing the public's engagement with science.





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