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South Africa’s Green Rush

June 9, 2014 at 15:33

A highly acclaimed renewables programme is building investor confidence in Africa’s economic powerhouse Business leaders surveyed by AT Kearney, the global management consultancy, have more confidence in South Africa as an investment […]

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SA: Can astronomy projects deliver benefits closer to home

June 5, 2014 at 14:47

. By:SiDev.Net-  Jon Spaull – Meera Senthilingam South Africa’s Karoo — “the land of thirst” in Khoisan — is a vast and sparsely populated plateau of scrub, grassland and occasional […]

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This week, we continued our campaign for Africa’s scientific independence to the United Nations, in partnership with the Office of the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union and His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Tete, and with leading figures from the UN system, including Amina J Mohammed, Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning.

Led by our Chairman Dr Álvaro Sobrinho alongside our Trustees Rt Hon Lord Boateng and Sir Christopher Edwards, our delegation held a public conference on the importance of science, technology and innovation in Africa’s Post 2015 agenda, and the role of business as a delivery partner. PEI Partners Promethean, Skills @ Work and the Regional Initiative for Science and Education (RISE) also joined, with RISE’s distinguished Professor Phillip Griffiths, also Chair of the Science Initiative Group in Princeton, making a strong contribution to the panel calling for businesses in Africa to work more closely with academic groups.

Alvaro Sobrinho African Union“No development agenda will be complete without addressing the critical issue such of Africa’s scientific deficit. The Post 2015 process must include measures to support training and resourcing local African researchers, and apply pressure for governments to invest in research and development, as well as incentivise and support business to play their part. As someone who has spent my life in the private sector in emerging African economies, I see everyday the ability enterprise has to make scientific debates real and tangible, through job creation and investment in new technologies that can improve the daily lives of our communities. I am now working hard to engage other members of the business community, and we have ambitious goals to bring the number of PhDs in Africa up to the world average, and echo the campaign of the World Bank to double the number of STEM students in Africa by 2025. We must be bold and fearless in the pursuit of scientific excellence on our beautiful continent”. Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, PEI Chairman

After his remarks, Professor Griffiths said:
Prof Griffiths makes his panel remarks

Prof Griffiths makes his panel remarks

“After a decade of supporting STEM graduate students in Africa, we are pleased to have formed a partnership with the Planet Earth Institute, and to have experienced the enthusiasm voiced at this high-level meeting of the African Union. Given the well-targeted scientific goals of the Post 2015 Agenda and the timely leadership promised by the business community, I share the optimism of those gathered here in looking forward to a new era of scientific independence for Africa.”

 

 

 

 

His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Tete, Permanent Observer to the UN from the African Union, drew attention to the Common Position Paper for Africa in the Post 2015 agenda, published earlier this year, and the key role science, technology and innovation is allocated. “As the Permanent Representative to the UN, I will make sure that today’s remarks, made with such passion and vision, are fed back into the continuing process so we can achieve the best for Africa”.
His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Tete

His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Tete

Review some of the debate on the AfricaPost2015 hashtag, or please contact James Knight with any other questions.
Mr Elliot Harris, UNEP's Director in NYC, outlines their work in Africa

On the morning of the conference, we also hosted a private Africa Breakfast Club, led by UNEP’s NYC Director Mr Elliot Harris, focused around the economic opportunity presented by the Green Economy in Africa.

 

 This week, we continued our campaign for Africa’s scientific independence to the United Nations, in partnership with the Office of the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union and His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Tete, and with leading figures from the UN system, including Amina J Mohammed, Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning.

Led by our Chairman Dr Álvaro Sobrinho alongside our Trustees Rt Hon Lord Boateng and Sir Christopher Edwards, our delegation held a public conference on the importance of science, technology and innovation in Africa’s Post 2015 agenda, and the role of business as a delivery partner. PEI Partners Promethean, Skills @ Work and the Regional Initiative for Science and Education (RISE) also joined, with RISE’s distinguished Professor Phillip Griffiths, also Chair of the Science Initiative Group in Princeton, making a strong contribution to the panel calling for businesses in Africa to work more closely with academic groups.

Alvaro Sobrinho African Union“No development agenda will be complete without addressing the critical issue such of Africa’s scientific deficit. The Post 2015 process must include measures to support training and resourcing local African researchers, and apply pressure for governments to invest in research and development, as well as incentivise and support business to play their part. As someone who has spent my life in the private sector in emerging African economies, I see everyday the ability enterprise has to make scientific debates real and tangible, through job creation and investment in new technologies that can improve the daily lives of our communities. I am now working hard to engage other members of the business community, and we have ambitious goals to bring the number of PhDs in Africa up to the world average, and echo the campaign of the World Bank to double the number of STEM students in Africa by 2025. We must be bold and fearless in the pursuit of scientific excellence on our beautiful continent”. Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, PEI Chairman

After his remarks, Professor Griffiths said:
Prof Griffiths makes his panel remarks

Prof Griffiths makes his panel remarks

“After a decade of supporting STEM graduate students in Africa, we are pleased to have formed a partnership with the Planet Earth Institute, and to have experienced the enthusiasm voiced at this high-level meeting of the African Union. Given the well-targeted scientific goals of the Post 2015 Agenda and the timely leadership promised by the business community, I share the optimism of those gathered here in looking forward to a new era of scientific independence for Africa.”

 

 

 

 

His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Tete, Permanent Observer to the UN from the African Union, drew attention to the Common Position Paper for Africa in the Post 2015 agenda, published earlier this year, and the key role science, technology and innovation is allocated. “As the Permanent Representative to the UN, I will make sure that today’s remarks, made with such passion and vision, are fed back into the continuing process so we can achieve the best for Africa”.
His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Tete

His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Tete

Review some of the debate on the AfricaPost2015 hashtag, or please contact James Knight with any other questions.
Mr Elliot Harris, UNEP's Director in NYC, outlines their work in Africa

On the morning of the conference, we also hosted a private Africa Breakfast Club, led by UNEP’s NYC Director Mr Elliot Harris, focused around the economic opportunity presented by the Green Economy in Africa.

 Alvaro Sobrinho of the African Union

Campaign for Africa’s scientific independence continues at the United Nations

June 5, 2014 at 10:33

Source: Planet Earth Institute This week, we continued our campaign for Africa’s scientific independence to the United Nations, in partnership with the Office of the Permanent Observer Mission of the African […]

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Minister Naledi Pandor

SA: Science Department welcomes Minister Pandor’s return

May 29, 2014 at 08:11

Pretoria – The Department of Science and Technology on Tuesday welcomed the return of Minister Naledi Pandor to the fold, after she was re-appointed as the department’s new minister. Pandor […]

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U.S. Mission Photo: Eric Bridiers

Is science journalism ignoring censorship?

May 20, 2014 at 07:02

By Nick Ishmael Perkins – SciDev.Net World Press Freedom Day was observed on 3 May as usual this year. It marks one of the handful of moral absolutes in our […]

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João Baptista Borges

Angola’s Minister of Energy and Water visits Sweden

May 19, 2014 at 10:53

On 14-16 May, Angola’s Minister of Energy and Water João Baptista Borges is visiting Sweden with a delegation. The main focus of the visit is to promote a business exchange […]

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Egypt Media Engage in Education Egypt: Session about Hepatitis C Awareness Supported by Roche Diagnostics Middle East

May 14, 2014 at 08:23

To highlight and raise awareness around hepatitis C in Egypt, which has the one of the largest prevalence in the world of the virus, with a 10 percent prevalence of […]

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Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel

Plunder of timber and fisheries is holding Africa back – Kofi Annan

May 8, 2014 at 17:15

This year’s Africa Progress Report calls on African leaders to tackle inequality and demands global community tackle plunder of continent’s natural resources Africa’s rich natural resources offer a unique opportunity […]

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ZEISS Microscopy/Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen

Brazil approves GM mosquito that could cut dengue

May 5, 2014 at 17:45

By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade – SciDev.Net Brazilian authorities have decided that a genetically modified (GM) strain of mosquitoes whose offspring die before reaching adulthood do not pose a significant […]

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“Give us access to land, seeds and credit facilities” – African Farmers

May 1, 2014 at 15:00

“The voice of farmers need to be heard to leapfrog agricultural transformation in Africa,” says Director of Programme at the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, (NEPAD) Agency Mrs Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong. […]

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