Accra Forum On S & T For Sustainable Development

“The SDGs are about the future that we all want and indeed the future that we all need. It is not just desirable. It is an indispensable investment for our future – the future of our youth and that of our children. We cannot and should not fail them.”

Hon. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Chairperson of COMSATS

 

According to Brundtland Commission Report “Our Common Future” (1987), sustainable development is “the kind of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

Accra Forum on S&T for Sustainable Development

To be held on 30th October 2019, the Accra Forum on S&T for Sustainable Development being organized under the patronage of COMSATS’ national focal point in Ghana, the Ghanaian Ministry for Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation will create awareness, share information on available mechanisms and tools for SDGs implementation, apart from recommending approaches to accelerate progress towards 2030 Global Agenda. During the Forum, Heads of State/Government and Ministerial-level officials; representatives from United Nation agencies and other international organizations; members of the diplomatic community; stakeholders from private sector, research organization; academia and media, through dialogues, debates and group meetings will deliberate upon the ways and means for effective translation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Fourth General Meeting

COMSATS General Meeting is the apex forum that brings together the Heads of Member States (currently 27) for highest level policy guidelines and general direction for the organization’s programmes in pursuit of its mission. The first General Meeting of the Commission was held in 1994 that led to the establishment of COMSATS itself. Since then, two more meetings have been held in Islamabad (16-17 April 2012), and Accra (27-28 October 2015), respectively. The fourth General Meeting of the Commission convened by Hon. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, President of Ghana, is scheduled to be held on 29th October 2019, in Accra, Ghana.

ACCRA FORUM SCHEDULE

DAY 1: Opening & Joint Inauguration
Tuesday, 29th October 2019

Welcome Address

H.E. Prof. Dr. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng
Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Ghana
9:00

Introductory Remarks

Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi
Executive Director COMSATS
9:10

Keynote Address

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9:20

Invited Talk

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9:35

Inaugural Address

Hon. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of the Republic of Ghana
Chairperson of COMSATS
9:50
10:05 Group Photo
10:10 Refreshments
Tuesday, 29th October 2019

Adoption of Provisional Agenda

10:30

Election of the Vice-Chairperson and Rapporteur-General

10:35

Organization of the Work of the General Meeting

10:40

Report by the Executive Director COMSATS

10:45

Statements by the Heads of Delegations of the member countries (five minutes each)

11:00
13:15 Lunch Break

Review of Statutes

14:00

Election of the Chairperson of COMSATS for the next five years’ term

14:15

Venue and Schedule of next General Meeting

14:25

Presentation of the Rapporteur-General’s Report of 4th General Meeting of COMSATS

14:35

Presentation of Accra Resolution

14:50

Any other item with the permission of the Chair

15:05
15:15 Closing
15:30 Tea Break
Tuesday, 29th October 2019

4th Meeting of COMSATS Consultative Committee

16:00
Tuesday, 29th October 2019

23rd Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council

17:00
DAY 2: COMSATS General Meeting
Wednesday, 30th October 2019
Technical Session – I

Theme: Pre-requisites and Preparedness for achieving SDGs i. Governance ii. Economy and Finance iii. Cooperation and Collaboration

i. Governance
ii. Economy and Finance
iii. Cooperation and Collaboration

Keynote Address by Session Chair

9:00

Panelist 1: Governance

9:30

Panelist 2: Economy and Finance

9:35

Panelist 3: Cooperation and Collaboration

9:40

Discussion and Q&A

9:45
10:30 Tea Break
Technical Session – II
Wednesday, 30th October 2019

Theme: Science and Technology for Sustainable Development

i. Agriculture
ii. Food Systems and Nutrition
iii. Environment and Climate Change

Keynote Address by Session Chair

11:00

Panelist 1: Agriculture

11:30

Panelist 2: Food Systems and Nutrition

11:35

Panelist 3: Environment and Climate Change

11:40

Discussion and Q&A

11:45

Session Summary by Session Chair

12:20
12:30 Lunch Break
Wednesday, 30th October 2019
Technical Session – III

Theme: Science and Technology for Sustainable Development

i. Human Well-being and Health – Innovative Diagnostics and Treatment Tools for Non-communicable Diseases and Maternal Mortality
ii. Infrastructure – Housing and Transport, Urban and Pre-Urban Development
iii. Industry – Innovations in Product Development in SMEs/ Machine Tooling

Keynote Address by Session Chair

13:30

Panelist 1: Human Well-being and Health – Innovative Diagnostics and Treatment Tools for Non-communicable Diseases and Maternal Mortality

14:00

Panelist 2: Infrastructure – Housing and Transport, Urban and Pre-Urban Development

14:05

Panelist 3: Industry – Innovations in Product Development in SMEs/ Machine Tooling

14:10

Discussion and Q&A

14:15

Session Summary by Session Chair

14:50
15:00 Tea Break
Wednesday, 30th October 2019
Technical Session – IV

Theme: Way Forward: New Technologies for achieving SDGs

Keynote Address by Session Chair

15:30

Panelist 1:

16:00

Panelist 2:

16:05

Panelist 3:

16:10

Discussion and Q&A

16:15

Session Summary by Session Chair

16:50
Wednesday, 30th October 2019
Closing Session

Presentation of Rapporteur General Report of Accra Forum

17:00

Presentation of Accra Declaration

17:15

Closing Remarks

17:30

Vote of Thanks

17:40

Distribution of Souvenirs

17:50

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development endorsed by the global community in September 2015 represents a fundamental shift in the dialogue between science and policy and has given the fundamental role to science and technology in generating knowledge that helps humanity achieve the sustainability vision set out in the 17 SDGs.

Similarly other international agreements, such as the Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework, adopted in 2015 have underscored the importance of the role of science and technology in addressing the global challenges in areas of climate change and disaster risk reduction. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development adopted in July 2015 identified science, technology and innovation policies and actions as being critical for meeting the SDGs.

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