SciDev.Net Podcast: What’s on the radar for 2015

By Lou De Bello : SciDev.Net

In this month’s programme, we examine what’s on the radar for science and development in 2015.

First, we take stock of the global response to the escalating danger of climate change, with a report from the UN’s latest climate summit in Lima, Peru. We reflect on the outcome of the conference, on what ongoing efforts will be taking place over coming months and on the major milestone for climate negotiations: the next UN climate summit in Paris, France, at the end of the year.

To mark the start of the UN year of light and light-based technologies, we open our series on light technology for development by travelling to Tanzania to discover how solar power and mobile phones can fulfil basic energy needs and support grass-roots entrepreneurship.

Finally, as the world takes stock of what has been achieved within the Millennium Development Goals initiative, we discuss solutions to accelerate progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals that will succeed them. We talk to Peter Singer, a proponent of science and innovation in global health, who explains how to encourage the scaling up of innovation success, and how to measure it.

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