Pillar 2: Science technology and innovation

R&D spending is irrelevant without links to SDGs

The past decade has witnessed a surge of interest in science and technology in Africa. At the January 2007 African Union (AU) summit, leaders agreed a target to increase gross national spending on research and development (R&D) to at least one per cent of GDP (gross domestic product).  This may reflect the leaders' recognition of the economic role of science and technology in general and R&D in particular.

UN body stresses vital role of geospatial data to achieving sustainable development goals

New York: Geographic information about people and the planet is critical to making better decisions and using resources more wisely, and will be vital to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals that countries have recently agreed on, according to a United Nations expert on the issue.

Review of targets for the sustainable development goals: the science perspective

This report is an independent scientific review of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, as submitted to the UN General Assembly by the UN Open Working Group (OWG). It is a unique tool designed primarily for negotiators, technical support teams and other actors engaged in defining a universal, integrated and transformational set of global goals and targets for sustainable development and the political declaration on the post-2015 development Agenda.

Mozambique seeks south-south knowledge in tackling deforestation, greenhouse emissions

Maputo: Technical leaders from Mozambique, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Zambia, Gabon, India and Brazil, who serve as counterparts to the World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund (BioCF), Forest Investment Program (FIP) and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), convened in Mozambique for an international workshop under the theme: Jurisdictional Integrated Landscape Management Program.

NEPAD side events at the Third International Financing for Development conference

Five side events were organised by NEPAD during the Third International Financing for Development conference, held in Addis Ababa in July 2015.  They were:   

Africa helping Africans in Ebola recovery and reconstruction: 14 lessons

Malabo: Ahead of the AU summit where leaders are expected to pledge more support to the Ebola response and recovery efforts, health and foreign affairs ministers, discussed the immediate needs of the affected countries. Countries shared experiences and lessons learnt in health systems strengthening and financing in the context of the Ebola fight.

Advancing Africa’s position on global climate finance

Unblocking the climate finance negotiations will unlock a new global agreement on climate change in Paris later this year. Developing countries need to see tangible commitment to providing the finance needed to combat the negative effects of climate change. As global emissions continue to increase, so does the cost of managing the impact. Africa’s Group of Negotiators (AGN) is positioned to take the lead, consistently presenting common positions for 54 countries. A breakthrough necessitates focus on a key issue that will yield win–win outcomes.

UNSG: Failure to constrain climate change will create ‘climate chaos’

New York: Welcoming what he called a “gratifying shift” in the climate change dialogue, the President of Kiribati today urged the international community to ponder ways to further contribute to that positive development, as the General Assembly held a high-level event to provide impetus towards reaching a universal and ambitious agreement in Paris in December.

Seizing the Blue Economy approach in the Western Indian Ocean Region

Mahe:  I am delighted to be here today, to address the opening of this important convention in a year that is critical to humanity's sustainable development aspirations. Please allow me to take a moment to thank the Government of Seychelles for hosting this gathering. As a Small Island Developing State, and therefore one of 52 nations at the forefront of the battle to adapt to climate change and adopt a new Blue Economy approach, there could perhaps be no more appropriate location for the discussions that will take place over the next few days.

BASIC Ministerial: statement on climate change

New York:  Statement issued after the 20th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, held at United Nations Headquarters: 

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