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UNESCO tasks African countries to achieve SDGs by 2030 – WorldStage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says time is running out for all continents, including Africa, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 .

Dr. Enang Moma, an official from UNESCO’s regional office in Abuja, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.

Moma, who spoke on behalf of Dr Dimitri Sanga, director of the regional offices in Dakar and Abuja, said the UNESCO Science Report 2021 found it imperative that countries achieve their SDGs by 2030.

Moma said there is an urgent need for countries to transition to digital and green societies focused on science, technology and innovation (STI), for their future economic competitiveness.

She said that STI were universally recognized as key drivers of poverty eradication and essential building blocks for achieving the SDGs.

“However, for STI to work for society, appropriate STI policy frameworks and collaborative approaches need to be developed and strengthened,” Moma said.

The UNESCO official said: “It is more imperative than ever to use STI for competitiveness, strengthening and building regional scientific cooperation between scientists, policy makers, industries, among others, to a multidimensional approach.

In this regard, UNESCO supports Member States’ efforts to reform and modernize national STI systems and governance.

“Ultimately, stronger STI systems will enable African societies to achieve greater inclusiveness and resilience through enhanced capacity to achieve the SDGs and the African Union’s Development Agenda 2063.”

She added that UNESCO is fully committed to supporting governments for distance learning, open science and knowledge sharing, as a means of cooperation.

Moma said UNESCO uses the concept of open science to advance open access to scientific research and data, as well as to strengthen collaboration between researchers and academics for faster and better results.

She said that “open science is a real game-changer for closing STI gaps and a key accelerator for achieving the goals of competitiveness and sustainable development (Agenda 2030)”.