2021 STI Forum side event description by Afrihealth Optonet Association
Contemporary and future global economies and development systems need to be knowledge-based and anchored around Science, Technology and Innovation including intellectual properties, ICT and energy, among others. These can never be achieved if the civil society continues to be largely left out of the efforts to achieve knowledge-based economies especially in Africa and developing countries (low income and middle income). The world needs to deliberately harness the abundant (potential) STI competences and development resources within the civil society and our communities. It’s important to recognize and engage the civil society organizations [CSOs] and communities as critical partners in creating demand and accountability for STI research and knowledge generation, depository, dissemination and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). These capacity and engagement are needed at all levels of society and governance in order to ‘build back better’ and achieve the Agenda 2030 SDGs during and beyond COVID-19, towards achieving Agenda 2063.
To this end, Afrihealth Optonet Association intends to organize a side event during on 3 May 2021 on the sideline of the sixth annual multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) being held from 4 to 5 May 2021.
The Place of the Civil Society in using Science, Technology and Innovation to achieve sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery, and the Sustainable Development Goals: imperative of paradigm shifts to leave no one behind…more