Both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 recognize the importance of science, technology and innovation in advancing human wellbeing, economic transformation and achieving environmental targets. Some of the major priority areas of Agenda 2063 include ‘well-educated citizens and skills revolution underpinned by science, technology and innovation; healthy and well-nourished citizens; transformed economies underpinned by STI driven manufacturing, industrialization and value addition; modern agriculture for increased productivity and production; and environmentally sustainable and climate resilient economies and communities’, all of which underline the importance of STI. This high-level panel will address efforts to scale-up and accelerate actions to enable science, technology and innovation deliver the 2030 Agenda in the coming decade and on Agenda 2063 in the remaining four decades.
Keynote Address by
Moderator: Karima Bounemra Ben Soltane, Director of IDEP, ECA
Rapporteur: Karimanzira Rungano, Director, Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science &Technology Development, Zimbabwe