Contributing to Africa’s Plan for S&T to 2010
On 23-24 November, African Ministers of Science and Technology will be meeting in Cairo (Egypt) to prepare the forthcoming summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa in January. In preparation for this event, UNESCO has put together a brochure on its contribution to Africa’s Plan for Science and Technology to 2010. The UNESCO delegation to the Cairo meeting will be headed by Walter Erdelen, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences.
Read the brochure.
Nigerian President pledges US$5 billion towards National Science Foundation
President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria has announced a US$5 billion endowment fund for the establishment of a National Science Foundation. The announcement was made in Abuja on 23 May during a briefing of the President by UNESCO's International Advisory Board for the Reform of the Science, Technology and Innovation System of Nigeria. This move reflects the President's commitment to using the 'windfall' generated by current high oil prices to diversify Nigeria's economy by investing in science and technology. President Obasanjo is determined for Nigeria to become one of the top 20 economic leaders in the world by the year 2020. (More)
Strengthening the reform process in Nigeria
22-23 November, UNESCO is organizing a workshop at headquarters in Paris to review implementation thus far of the Reform of the Nigerian Science System and identify measures for fast-tracking the reform process, in line with the wishes of President Obasanjo. The workshop will be followed by the 5th session of the International Advisory Board (IAB) for the project on 24 November. Many workshop delegates will be invited to serve on the National Science Reform Committee that will henceforward guide the science reform process. Read the programme. Read the background on the reform process. Contact the IAB Secretary.
Reform of the science and technology system of Nigeria
A Presidential Retreat on Science and Technology will take place in Abuja on 10 August. UNESCO launched a reform of Nigeria’s science, technology and innovation system in 2004, at the request of Nigeria. President Olusegun Obasanjo will be joined on the Retreat by numerous Cabinet ministers and a UNESCO delegation. For details, contact Folarin Osotimehin, Secretary of UNESCO’s International Advisory Board for the Reform of the Science, Technology and Innovation System of Nigeria.
UNESCO convenes the UN S&T Cluster in support of NEPAD
Representative from the AU, NEPAD, UNCTAD, UNECA, UNIDO, IDRC, DFID, WBI, WIPO and other UN agencies are expected to attend this day-long meeting which will take place in two sessions. The UN Cluster of agencies (UNECA, UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNIDO, WIPO etc.) will meet in the morning from 10 am to 1 pm and during the afternoon session from 3 pm to 5.30 pm the Cluster will meet with other relevant partners working for science and technology development in Africa.
President of Congo pleads for stronger UNESCO role in Africa
12 October - The President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, pleaded for a stronger role for UNESCO in Africa this morning, during an address to UNESCO’s Executive Board. He stressed the twin roles of the Organization in Africa as an agency for intellectual cooperation and technical assistance ‘At a time when the polarization of the world is no longer rooted in doctrinal or ideological differences but, more tragically and ruthlessly, in the danger of confrontation between rich and poor countries, peace appears, in the long term, as the sole and sine qua non condition for the development of our continent,’ declared President Sassou Nguesso. ‘Therefore UNESCO is, to our mind, the best placed institution to support Africa in this multidimensional struggle’. The Republic of Congo is currently working with UNESCO to reform its national science, technology and innovation system.
UNESCO supported the NEPAD Secretariat and the AU Commission
- UNESCO supported the NEPAD Secretariat and the AU Commission in organizing several consultations and meetings in the preparatory process for the 8th Summit devoted to the theme “Science, Technology and Scientific Research for Development”, including the meeting of the AU/NEPAD
- African High-Level Panel on Modern Biotechnology, July 2006;
- the High-Level Panel on Centres of Excellence, August 2006;
- the first Meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, September 2006;
- the inter-Ministerial Dialogue on Building an African Network of Centres of Excellence in Water Sciences and Technology, October 2006;
- the 1st Congress of African Scientists and Policymakers (Alexandria, October 2006);
- and the extraordinary session of the African Ministers of Science and Technology (AMCOST), in Cairo, Egypt, from 20 to 22 November 2006.
A Nigerian Parliamentarian S&T Forum launched
29 June - The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, launched the Nigerian Parliamentarian S&T Forum in Abuja on 21 June 2006. The ceremony was a joint activity with ISESCO and the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO. The following eminent personalities attended the Forum : three Ministers, representative of the President of Senate, Senators and Members of the House (drawn from a dozen committees from each of the two chambers), President of the National Academy of Sciences, President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Senior officials of science-based ministries, Directors-general of Research Institutes, representatives of civil society and the media. In addition, Assistant Directors and Legislative officers of the S&T-related parliamentary committees participated in the Forum. This activity is an example of what UNESCO is doing to strengthen the role of parliament in policy-making science, technology and innovation. (More)
The 6th AU Summit
January - The 6th AU Summit in Khartoum, January 2006, endorsed the establishment of a high-level AU-NEPAD-UNESCO-Working Group to prepare a comprehensive programme for the establishment and funding of centres of excellence in Africa for the implementation of Africa’s Consolidated Plan of Action for Science and Technology.