The IAP/NASAC workshop on the SDGs and STISA-2024 was held last month in Nairobi as part of the IAP / Carnegie projects Improving scientific input to global policymaking and Harnessing SEM to address Africa’s challenges. The objective of the workshop was to help academies better understand the SDGs and STISA-2024, and explore ways in which they can support them.
Participants comprised 16 of the 24 NASAC member national academies, seven National Young Academies (NYAs), GYA members from the region, the International Science Council (formerly ICSU) Regional Office for Africa (ROA), and several representatives of the policymaking community. There was a particular desire to strengthen working links between NASAC members and the growing number of National Young Academies in the region; looking to IAP to help them identify ways of doing this and to build capacity generally.
Participants were informed about key continental, regional and national implementation processes and scientists who are playing leadership roles in them. There are numerous examples of ways in which academies can support these processes, including opportunities to support the work of the AU Commission Human Resources Science and Technology (HRST), UN Regional Commission for Africa (UNECA), and working with the International Science Council (ISC) Regional Office for Africa.
A voluntary action plan was developed by the participants, which will be socialised amongst NASAC members and NYAs in the region and reviewed next year as the IAP/Carnegie projects come to a close. The plan contains examples of ways in which academies can engage in their respective national contexts, whether they are big or small, rich or poor, new or old. You can find out more about the workshop here and see the main presentation that contextualizes it here.