UNESCO public debate:To w a r d s t h e A f r i c a We Want The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa’s Transformation

Dar es Salaam, May 24, 2018-UNESCO Regional Director, Professor Hubert Gijzen will on Friday the 25th of May, 2018 give a Public Lecture at the commission for science and technology-COSTECH in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 25 May, 2018 from 1400hrs.


In 2013 the African Union adopted Agenda 2063 under the title ‘The Africa We Want’, presenting a vision for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. Two years later, in September 2015, the United Nations (UN) unanimously adopted the post-2015 development agenda “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Both Agenda 2063 and the Agenda 2030 with its 17 SDGs, present a historic plan of action to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and transit towards a sustainable development path. The sustainable development challenges are complex and require collective action and responsibility from all the world’s citizens.

The SDGs emphasize the need for transformational shifts, which will be needed in a number of sectors, such as energy, food production, water management, production/consumption and others. A complicating factor is that these different shifts need to be made almost simultaneously, adding further to the complexities. To manage these complexities requires a long term vision and clear strategy that puts science technology and innovation (STI) at its core. It will require a wave of knowledge, creativity and innovation to be unleashed, which underpins a key role for science. It will also require long term political commitment and substantially higher and consolidated investments for R&D programmes and human resource capacities.

This public lecture will outline the key challenges to be addressed under Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030, and it will identify the specific role to be played by Science, Technology and Innovation to catalyse this global transition towards a world and an Africa where people live in harmony between themselves and with nature.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Prof. Hubert Gijzen, PhD UNESCO Regional Director and Representative


-Prof. Hubert Gijzen holds a PhD in Biotechnology, and has an established career of over 35 years in both academics and in international cooperation. Throughout his career, he has lived and worked in various countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and

Europe, in a range of senior functions as Full Professor and Chair in Universities, as a Diplomat, Team Leader, Regional Representative, and currently as UNESCO Regional Director. Besides his current work for UNESCO, he continues to hold academic positions as full Professor at IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education (since 1995) and at Wageningen

University. Hubert has published over 400 articles and books, and presented numerous keynotes in the fields of water management, microbiology, environmental sciences, biotechnology, and sanitary and environmental engineering. He also covered topics on international cooperation, sustainable development, the MDGs, SDGs and climate change. He served in various international advisory functions and on Boards of prestigious Institutes and prog

rammes. Hubert joined UNESCO in 2006 as the Director of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. In 2015, Hubert was appointed as the Regional Director of the newly established UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in Harare,

Zimbabwe. He is also the UNESCO Representative to SADC, and he serves on the UN Regional Directors team for Eastern and Southern