Point of view of Prof. Jacob Kaimanyi on Kenya’s role in the Forum of Ministers of Social Development for Eastern African countries

Prof. Jacob Kaimanyi, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kenya

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The first Forum of Ministers of Social Development for Eastern African countries will be hosted by the Government of Kenya in Nairobi from 24 to 26 February 2015, and co-organized with UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme. The overarching theme will be “Global Justice”, with a focus on sharing national experiences and policies contributing to this (e.g. through policies for the reduction of poverty and inequality).

Prof. Jacob Kaimanyi, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kenya, explains why Kenya finds it important to host the UNESCO-MOST ministerial forum.

Kenya desires to contribute to the construction of the Post-2015 Development Agenda for the Eastern Africa Region hence the commitment to host this forum. The Forum will delve on critical issues that affect the Eastern Africa Region namely; poverty, inequality, youth employment and skills development, population growth and its influence to social development.  This Forum is also hoped to inform future sessions of the Commission for Social Development of the United Nations and activities of the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

The Eastern Africa countries are expected during this Forum to share best practices and experiences in matters of social development, and also learn from UNESCO on the advancement of the link between policy and region to share with the academia in critical matters of policies, social development and justice in the region.

Kenya’s representation at very high levels in UNESCO’s MOST Programme, through Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, member of MOST’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and in the MOST Intergovernmental Council through Amb. Mary M. Khimulu as Vice-President representing the African region, hopes to take a leadership role in providing a platform for researchers in social sciences to dialogue with government representatives.

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