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African Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (Second Session)

Monday, February 24, 2020, Victoria Falls
Session 3: Planet (SDG 6, 12, 13, 14, 15) | Monday, 24 February 2020

Climate change is increasing the existing vulnerabilities and all forms of inequalities in Africa, and is likely to derail the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals and national as well as regional development plans. Currently, the world is unlikely to meet any of the targets except that of clean air in cities. However, scientific and technological solutions to address most of the emissions (over 70%) exists today and innovative tools to improve resiliency are becoming accessible.

This session will look at steps and integrated approaches to mitigate the effects of and adapt to a changing climate; access to the necessary technological and non-technological tools; scientific and technological collaboration in climate change research, data sharing and information; and the development opportunities that climate change presents.


  • Ms. Laylee Moshiri – Country Representative, UNICEF (WASH)
  • Dr Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Regional Director, UN Environment Programme, Africa Office (TBC)
  • Eng. Dr. Mackay Okure – Interim Executive, East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE)
  • Prof. Robson Mafoti – CEO, SIRDC
  • Dr Amos Makarau – WMO Regional Office for Africa
  • Dr Anitha Ramsuran, Technology Innovation Agency

Moderator: Prof. Hubert Gijzen, Regional Director and Representative to SADC UNESCO

Rapporteur: Dr Sibongiseni Thotsejane, Representative from the Fourth Industrial Revolution Presidential Commission, South Africa (TBC)

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM