Science Sector supports the development of a knowledge society building. Its activities range from supporting the development of a National Science and Technology Policy, the conduct of S&T and Innovation surveys, the establishment of Biosphere Reserves (BRs), the development of a first draft MaB Strategy, the establishment of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences and training of Science journalists. Environmental conservation and sustainable development are also a focus of the sector through water resources policy at a decentralized level and management. Finally, the sector will work on building the capacity of the country to mitigate water related disasters (drought and floods) especially as the frequency and extent of these extremes will grow due to climatic variability.
International Science Day
This year’s World Science Day was celebrated in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology together with the UNESCO Liaison Office under the theme "Technology Transfer in Ethiopia". In this regard, the Ministry organized a day-long celebration including reflections of the five Ethiopian scientists who were recognized and won the Academy of the Developing World (TWAS) prize for their outstanding performance and contribution to Science development.
“Ten years after the first World Science Day, UNESCO remains determined to support international reflection on a science of global sustainability, notably through the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General. It is in this spirit that I call today on governments, civil society, public and private actors, well beyond scientific circles, to mobilize so as to release the full potential of all sciences for development and peace, which are inseparable and essential for the future that we want, ” said Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, in her message on the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development.