11.02.2018 - UNESCO Office in Cairo

UNESCO Actively Participate in the 3rd Africa Forum on Science Technology and Innovation in Cairo, Egypt

UNESCO is actively participating in the Third Africa Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation -2018. The forum, (Feb 10-12) which is being held in Cairo, Egypt and is organized by the African Development Bank and the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt under the Patronage of H.E. President Abdel Fattah EL Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Ministers of higher education and scientific research from several African countries along with Academics, representatives of the private sector, UN agencies, and NGOs engaged in promoting STI in Africa have been discussing the status of STI in Africa, its role in achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda, 2030, and Africa’s strategic vision 2063.

Ghaith Fariz, Director of UNESCO Bureau for Science for the Arab States, chaired and moderated the forum’s plenary session on “Enablers for STI: policies, financing and human resources for STI. Panelists included Ministers of Higher Education, Science and Technology from Egypt, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire as well as the Executive Secretary of the Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Director of University Education and Training from South Africa. Panelists’ highlighted progress made in STI in Africa and identified key challenges and opportunities in financing, human resources, youth empowerment and STI policies.

UNESCO is participating in the forum with several sessions and side events. UNESCO’s delegation to the forum includes science sector staff from Headquarters (Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building) the Regional Bureau for Science for the Arab States-UNESCO Cairo Office , and UNESCO multi-sectoral offices in Africa including, Rabat, Dakar, Abuja, Yaounde, and Harare, who are providing technical support and backstopping to participating member states.


For information, Contact Dr. Nazar Hassan

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