Can STI help eradicate poverty and secure sustainable development?

July 25, 2016 8:30 - 9:45 am

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In 2015, the world set itself the task of eradicating poverty and hunger once and for all by 2030. Key to this goal are the need for concerted efforts to combat inequalities; to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its resources; and to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive and sustained economic growth. We will chart this journey from the Millennium Development Goals to the 2015 Rio+20 Conference, while critically assessing today’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and their chances of success. A key argument will be that science, technology and innovation must be better embraced in development agendas. A panel of  international thought leaders at the coalface of tackling poverty and hunger through championing science as a public good will spotlight how the global economic downturn is challenging governments, the private sector and civil society to make difficult choices often at odds with addressing developmental challenges. They will show how new emerging economies, both on the African continent, as well as in other regions of the World, are ready and willing to embrace the technology drivers so that their impacts on the lives of millions can be revolutionary.

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