Registration & Concurrent Media Briefing
Per invite only
Welcome and Announcements
Prof Stephanie Burton, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice-Principal of the University of Pretoria
Mr. B Manamela, M.P, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology
Moderated Panel Discussion
Sub-Theme 1: African technology driving food security, climate change solutions and industries creating jobs and sustained social development.
Moderator: Sina Mvoko (Managing Executive: BCX)
Tea / Coffee Break
Moderated Panel Discussion
Sub-Theme 2: Science in understanding African migration and developing horizontal governance mechanisms to positively approach immigration and emigration on the continent.
Moderator: Ms. Nchedi Maphkokga-Moripe (Department of Water Affairs – Chief Director: Global Cooperation and Strategic Partnerships).
The United Nations (UN) identified the critical role that science can play in promoting peace. It was first observed internationally in 1986, which was called ‘The Year of Peace’ mainly by civil society organisations. Based on the series of events held by mainly non-governmental organisations the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution 43/61 in December 1988, thereby declaring that annually the week that falls in the 11th of November will be the ‘Week of Science and Peace’. It is held in the week of 11th November, because that is the date of the armistice signing in 1918, ending World War I. The UNGA intended the week to be a collaborative effort between government and non-government actors to host events that created awareness and promoted partnerships which in the short and long-term used science as a driver for sustained peace.
The co-hosts the University of Pretoria; Department of Political Science and the Department of Agricultural and Plant Sciences and the DST / NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security in collaboration with the Department of Science and Innovation recognised that African peace cannot occur without development and that needs to be driven by partnerships that leverage scarce resources and skills, using science and technology as a catalyst against the backdrop of the 4thIndustrial Revolution.
This will be the inaugural Conference in South Africa. The inaugural theme for the Conference is “African Innovative Solutions to Sustainable African Peace and Development’. The Conference is a high-level event bringing together delegates from across the private, public, civil society and academic sectors. This is the first step in a broader plan which will culminate in 2020 with a larger, more continental and international conference where the progress of some of the partnerships will be showcased. The intention is that it is more than a ‘talk shop’, but an interactive and engaging event both during sessions and outside during breaks, building connections with the university and each other. It is premised on 1) peace requires economic drivers; 2) economic drivers require a multi-sectoral approach to leverage strengths and resources; 3) we are in the 4th industrial revolution and Africa cannot be left behind, 4) Africa must use its plethora of mental and natural resources to develop scientific and technologically advanced socioeconomic solutions; and 5) success is dependent on African countries working together to eliminate barriers and promote opportunities continent-wide.