On 7 October 2020, UNESCO, represented by Mr. Jean-Yves Le Saux, Director of the Bureau of Strategic Planning, and Sweden, represented by Mr Mikael Schultz, Deputy Everlasting Delegate of Sweden to UNESCO, signed a pathbreaking settlement to help science, know-how and innovation in Africa. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director Basic for the Pure Science Sector and Magnus Magnusson, representing Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director Basic for the Social and Human Science Sector, Pia Engstrand, Sida’s focus for UNESCO (by means of digital connection) have been additionally current on the ceremony and can collectively oversee the implementation of this initiative.
The Swedish Worldwide Growth Company (Sida) will present funding within the quantity of 25 million Swedish kronor over two years (2020-2022) to help the primary section of a significant initiative inside UNESCO’s world framework for monitoring, coverage help and advocacy for the Suggestion on Science and Scientific Researchers, adopted by the Basic Convention in 2017.
Specializing in African wants and priorities and according to the African Union Agenda 2063 ‘The Africa we wish”, the Sida funding will help UNESCO in strengthening science, know-how and innovation techniques and governance in chosen African nations.
Science, know-how and innovation (STI) are universally acknowledged as key drivers for poverty eradication and important elements for attaining the Sustainable Growth Targets (SDGs). Nonetheless, to make STI work for the society, acceptable STI coverage frameworks and participatory types of governance have to be developed and bolstered. On this regard, UNESCO helps nations’ efforts to reform and improve nationwide STI techniques and governance. In the end, stronger science, know-how and innovation techniques will allow African societies to achieve larger inclusivity and resilience by means of enhanced capability to realize the Sustainable Growth Targets and the African Union 2063 Growth Agenda. The goal is to establish efficient approaches, mechanisms, methods and insurance policies for making use of science, know-how and innovation to growth in Africa.
The novel coronavirus provides up a strong and intensely clear lesson in regards to the acceptable function of science in serving to to information us towards a greater future. Internationally, governments are replying on the science to comprise the coronavirus pandemic.
Science is crucial to deal with not solely the influence of the COVID pandemic, but in addition to deal with all societal challenges, and world threats, together with local weather change, inequalities and biodiversity loss.
The world wants science to make sense of and reply to developmental challenges. And science wants certified and dedicated scientists working in robust science establishments. The UNESCO 2017 Suggestion on Science and Scientific Researchers supplies an
operational imaginative and prescient of how science may be mobilised for a greater world, in addition to a normative and monitoring framework for well-functioning, rights-based nationwide STI techniques in a position to promote evidence-informed insurance policies and methods. In working with UNESCO to make the Suggestion a lever for optimistic change all through Africa, Sida is furthering its core growth priorities.
The “Strengthening Science, Expertise and Innovation Techniques for Sustainable Growth in Africa” undertaking will kick off in October 2020. Applied collectively by UNESCO’s Sectors for Pure Science and for Social and Human Sciences, in shut collaboration with the sphere community in Africa, the undertaking will mobilize capacities and competences all through the Group. It supplies a strong template for collaboration with different donors, technical companions and stakeholders that share the imaginative and prescient to which Sida and UNESCO have collectively dedicated.