3rd World Congress on Transdisciplinarity (Virtual)

Presentation

Transdisciplinarity has already a quite long history​. The word itself was coined in 1970 by Jean Piaget, but its meaning was clarified only in 1985, when Basarab Nicolescu proposed the pillars of transdisciplinarity. In 1987 was founded in Paris the International Center for Transdisciplinary Research and Studies (CIRET).

The First World Congress of Transdisciplinarity was held from November 2th to 7th in 1994 at Convento de Arrábida, Portugal. The participants at the congress adopted the Charter of Transdisciplinarity which has been signed by several hundreds of transdisciplinary researchers in the world. In 2005, the Second World Congress of Transdisciplinarity took place in Vitoria / Vila Velha, Brazil. Many other important national and international congresses have been held all over the world. The last in date was the International Congress ATLAS 2018 “The Transdisciplinary Being”, at the University Babes-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Several applications have been implemented all over the world, e.g. in Education, Health, Arts, Sustainable Development and the dialogue between Science and Religion. Additionally, PhD programs in transdisciplinarity exist now in several universities. We can currently affirm that the international movement of transdisciplinarity has reached its maturity and new paths of research are being opened.

The aim of this congress is to bring together the largest number of participants from various national and international institutions in order to study the latest theoretical and practical developments of transdisciplinarity and to imagine new theoretical models, experiences and actions to face the extraordinary challenges of the 21st century, such as Planetary Education, Transhumanism, Artificial Intelligence, Destructive Technologies, Health, Poverty, Destruction of biologic diversity, Climate Change, War, Violence and many other problems that afflict human beings and all living beings on this planet.

The 2019 campaign to promote maternal, newborn and child health launched

The Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Dr. Eugène Aka Aka AOUÉLÉ, presided over the ceremony to launch the 2019 edition of the national campaign for the promotion of maternal, newborn and child health on April 5, 2019 at the headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research in Yamoussoukro. This ceremony was organized by the National Health and Children’s Programme in the presence of representatives of partner organizations such as WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA.

Dr. Aouélé said that there are many obstacles to the momentum towards reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality in Côte d’Ivoire, including the predominance of medical causes, which account for 80% of obstacles such as bleeding and dystocias. According to him, frequent breakdowns of blood products and essential drugs and the deterioration in the quality of services in maternity hospitals, mainly attributed to health personnel, are among the obstacles to reducing maternal and child mortality rates. The Chief Health Officer in Côte d’Ivoire reported that 52 per cent of referral facilities do not offer blood transfusion and caesarean section is not performed in 34 referral facilities. For him, this campaign is therefore an action of his ministry to demonstrate his willingness to promote local exchanges to bring stakeholders together and allow a better distribution of resources to effectively contribute to curbing maternal, newborn and child mortality in Côte d’Ivoire.

Finally, the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene handed over a roadmap to regional prefects for the successful conduct of the campaign throughout Côte d’Ivoire.