SDG NEWS ROUNDUP: 14 MARCH 2018

KENYAN YOUTHS RECORD LOW SDGS AWARENESS LEVELS

Kenya’s global development agenda Vision 2030 is expected to face challenges from low awareness levels of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among the youth in the country. A report by MK-Africa and Trends and Insights for Africa (TIFA), showed that the average awareness of the SDGs among university students in the Kenya is only 45 percent, compared to the global average of 54 percent. This concerning because the involvement of the youth is extremely important if Kenya wishes to achieve Vision 2030 and the SDGs. Please follow this link to read more about the low SDG awareness among Kenyan youth.

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INTERNET CONNECTIVITY AS A CATALYST FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

Internet connectivity that is fast and reliable is one of the key elements in bringing together the social and economic factors of modern society. Therefore, broadband access is the vital to fast-track economic growth in East Africa’s and enabling its transition from a resourced-based to a knowledge-based economy. However, many communities in East Africa still do not have access to fast, reliable and affordable broadband services meaning that the communities cannot take advantage of the opportunities that exist in a knowledge-based economy. Addressing SDG 9 (building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation) of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) will improve infrastructure and access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and has the potential to create economic opportunities, lower costs and raise productivity. This can promote social and economic inclusion, ultimately contributing to shared prosperity and the achievement of the SDGs. Read more about ICT can aid in achieving the SDGs.

SCIENCE ACADEMY CALLS FOR STI POLICY REFORM TO MEET SDGS

The African Academy of Sciences has called for pressing reforms of the African national science, technology and innovation (STI) policies to enhance their focus on the social and environmental dimensions of development bringing them into alignment with the SDGs. This is a good effort, because most STI policies currently do not consider sustainable development priorities in their entirety. Instead, the STI policies concentrate on funding scientific research and emphasise technology development, procurement and innovation less. This may promote the creation of knowledge for short-term economic growth, but it does not provide incentives for social inclusion and environmental sustainability which are necessary for long-term sustainable development. Therefore, to promote the social inclusion and environmental sustainability necessary for long-term sustainable development, the African Academy of Sciences and other specialists should develop a comprehensive guide for scientists focusing on how science, technology and innovation in Africa could drive the achievement of the SDGs. Read more about the call to reform the STI policies by following this link.

RWANDA LOOKS TO DEPLOY SATELLITE TECH TO MONITOR PROCESS ON SDGS

Rwanda is presently preparing to use satellite technology to monitor the implementation of the UN SDGs in the country. It is expected that satellite technology will provide a means to link various SDG activities, monitor goals and collect data globally and analyse it to help create informed policies regarding development activities. For more information please follow this link.

UN, NORTH AFRICA REGION DRAFT ROADMAP FOR SDG IMPLEMENTATION

The annual meeting of the Sub Regional Coordination Mechanism for North Africa (SRCM) took place from 1-2 March 2018, in Jordan. Representatives from 24 United Nations organisations, international organisations and funding institutions also attended the meeting and discussed opportunities to increase understanding of the SDGs in the region. The participants agreed on a roadmap to support SDG implementation, and identified SDGs related to food security (SDG 2), gender (SDG 5), water and sanitation (SDG 6), energy (SDG 7), decent work (SDG 8), inequalities (SDG 10) and climate action (SDG 13) as priorities for the region. Please follow this link for more information regarding the roadmap to support SDG implementation.

EMPOWER WOMEN AND GIRLS IN RURAL AREAS TO ACHIEVE THE SDGS AND AFRICA’S AGENDA 2063

The theme adopted by the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 62nd Session (CSW62), “Challenges and Opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”, is crucial for achieving the SDGs Agenda 2030 and Africa’s Agenda 2063. Women constitute more than fifty percent of Africa’s population with roughly eighty percent of women located in rural areas. Over 60% of women located in rural areas are employed in the agriculture sector. Therefore, CSW62 theme provides a good opportunity to identify the mechanisms to empower women and girls living in rural areas particularly when one considers the dire state of women’s rights in these areas, even though rural areas support African economies. This link offers more detail regarding the CSW62 theme and the SDGs in Africa.

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