UNESCO contributed to Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (2005-2014) as concerned improving policy conditions and building mechanisms for innovation. UNESCO is also working with African countries to develop or review national science, technology and innovation (STI) policies. Several national projects are ongoing.
After the first project on Capacity Building for STI Policies in Africa that covered 21 countries, the Spanish Government is financing a new project to Support to the development of legal frameworks, policy instruments and governing bodies for the effective implementation of national Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies in Africa.
UNESCO’s Nairobi office hosts the African Network of Scientific and Institutional Institutions (ANSTI). Every two years, ANSTI organizes the regional conference of vice-chancellors and deans of science, engineering and technology. The next conference is taking place in Botswana in November 2013.
In April 2012, UNESCO and its partners organized a major conference on STI in Africa for youth employment, human capital development and inclusive growth.
In 2013, Botswana became the first country to be profiled within UNESCO’s new Global Observatory of STI Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN). Several other African countries have been profiled since.
UNESCO and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) are spearheading efforts to develop an Arab Plan of Action for Science and Technology.
In 2011, UNESCO launched an Arab network for the expansion of converging technologies (NECTAR) involving scientific and engineering institutions in the region.
UNESCO’s regional and cluster offices implement programmes and projects to develop the capacity of Asian member states to develop appropriate science, technology and innovation (STI) policies and map the development of STI in their country.
Read the chapter on the European Union in the latest edition of the UNESCO Science Report, which updates the status of science worldwide every five years.
UNESCO is carring out a consultative process with a view to establishing a Regional Strategic Action Plan in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Cariscience is a sub-regional network of scientists launched in 1999 which operates under the auspices of UNESCO. In 2008, the governments of the Caribbean Common Market (CARICOM) adopted one of the main recommendations of the Mokhele Report commissioned by UNESCO, leading to the launch of the Caribbean Science Foundation two years later. The foundation's main mission is to foster collaborative research, in order to foster linkages between academia and industry. Read about the CARICOM countries in the UNESCO Science Report.
UNESCO is helping the post-conflict countries of Southeast Europe reconstruct their science systems and integrate pan-European science. UNESCO is giving particular attention to Albania, Armenia and Serbia in the formulation of their national STI policies.
Small island developing states (SIDS)
UNESCO is contributing to the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy (2005) for the sustainable development of SIDS.