ISLAMABAD (APP) Former Minister for Science and Technology and former Chairman of the Higher Education Commission, Prof Atta-ur-Rehman Tuesday was appointed by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as its member for a High Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation for Development. This decision was conveyed to Prof Rahman through Permanent Delegation of Pakistan to UNESCO in Paris, said a Press release issued. The letter sent to him says, Your nomination is an honour for Pakistan. This is, indeed, in recognition of your valuable contribution in the field of science and higher education within Pakistan and abroad. With your experience, UNESCO will benefit immensely from your presence at this prestigious panel. This high level group will meet twice each year and has been tasked to chart new avenues for targeting the efforts of the world scientific communities to address common challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century. UNESCO will then launch a programme to strengthen the world wide efforts in science, technology and innovation. The first meeting of this panel has been scheduled in mid September this year in Paris. Prof Atta-ur-Rahman has 843 publications in organic chemistry including 663 research publications, 18 patents, 103 books and 59 chapters in books. Prof Rahman was elected as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS) of London in 2006 and he won the prestigious UNESCO Science Prize in 1999. He has been conferred Honorary Doctorate degrees by Cambridge University in 1987, Coventry University in 2007, Bradford University in 2010 and by the Asian Institute of Technology same year, besides receiving such degrees by many other universities. He was elected Honorary Life Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom in 2007. In Pakistan, Prof Atta-ur-Rahman was the Federal Minister for Science and Technology from 2000 to 2002, Federal Minister of Education in 2002 and Chairman (Federal Minister) of the Higher Education Commission from 2002 to 2008. Successive Governments of Pakistan have conferred four civil awards for him including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1983), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1991), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (1998), and the highest national civil award of Nishan-i-Imtiaz in 2002. Prof Atta-ur-Rahman has won numerous national and international prizes including the ECO, Khwarazmi, ISESCO, KFAS and ENGRO Prizes. He was conferred the TWAS (Italy) Prize for Institution Building in 2009 and the Austrian Government conferred upon him its high civil award Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeischen am Bande in 2007 for bringing about revolutionary changes in higher education in Pakistan. Prof Atta-ur-Rahman is the Coordinator General of COMSTECH, (OIC Ministerial Committee comprising 57 OIC Ministers of Science and Technology). He is President of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, President of Network of Academies of Sciences in Countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (NASIC), Vice President of Italy-based Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).