Uganda to Host African Science Academies

Uganda will next week host the 10th annual meeting of African Science Academies, (AMASA 10) which will focus on promoting local ownership of the development agenda after the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 2015.

The conference, at Lake Victoria Serena hotel, on November 10-12, will attract Africa development experts, civil society organisations, donor agencies, government officials and the private sector players from nine countries. They will share country-specific experiences of local ownership of the development agenda.

According to the conference coordinator, Ann Nsubuga, the theme of the meeting is timely, because of the ongoing global review of progress towards MDGs, and planning for the upcoming 50-year African Union Agenda 2063.

“[The] African Science Academies (ASA) have agreed to critically examine the drivers of country ownership and recommend ways in which African countries can leverage their ownership of Africa’s development plan in order to achieve sustainable development in the post-2015 era,” Nsubuga said.

The post-2015 agenda process refers to the ongoing process of formulating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are likely to replace the MDGs. A report produced at the end of the Serena meeting will include evidence-based recommendations on how to ensure that any post-2015 plan is owned by African countries.

The report will be launched by President Yoweri Museveni, while the speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga will participate as a discussant.

Source : The Observer

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