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Antigua and Barbuda opens first science and innovation centre to combat climate change and develop clean technology

New UNOPS science and innovation centre opens in Antigua and Barbuda, to support national and regional innovation in science and technology fields.

UNOPS Deputy Executive Director, Vitaly Vanshelboim, and the Minister of Trade, Commerce & Industry, Sports, Culture & National Festivals, the Honorable E.P. Chet Greene, opened the centre together on 19 January.

The small island developing state is the first in the Caribbean to launch a dedicated facility that encourages local entrepreneurship in the areas of climate change and clean technology.

The new science and innovation centre is about bringing young people into the conversation about climate change, by providing them with the tools and inspiration to develop dedicated solutions that suit the needs of their communities.

Grete Faremo - Under-Secretary-General and UNOPS Executive Director

UNOPS is managing the centre, on behalf of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for the next 36 months.  A range of partners from the public and private sector will provide workshops on open source programming and entrepreneurship in the coming weeks for students and young people at the centre.

Following the official opening, computer programmers from Antigua and Barbuda, as well as other countries in the region, will participate in a hackathon hosted by Ocean Generation. More details to be found here.


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