The writer and former president of Ecuador Rosalía Arteaga considers institutions like the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED) should play a central role in the demand for scientific and universal solutions to the challenges facing the new “glocal” society, from progress to environmental future. Arteaga made these reflections yesterday, before more than 80 academicians, during his inaugural speech as honorary academician of the RAED with Erik Maskin, Nobel Prize in Economics in 2007; Ernesto Kahan, Nobel Peace Prize in 1995, and Leslie Griffith, director of Benjamin and Mae Volen National Center.

Maskin, meanwhile, stressed the importance of economic studies on the environment, while Kahan stressed that the main problem facing humanity is to end poverty, which affects over 80% of the world population. Griffith finished reviewing their studies on the welfare and diseases linked to lack of sleep.

The president of the RAED, Alfredo Rocafort, thanked the new academicians their interest in joining the international project undertaken by the Academy and said take note of their demands and lines of work.