Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Feb 28, GNA – Dr Ernest G. Foli, a Silviculturist and Mensurationist
has said lack of science applications in many policies and plans have affected global change needed for accelerated sustainable development.
He said a far more optimistic
future is still attainable but only when drastic changing or realigning
development policies, incentives and actions were activated.
Dr Foli disclosed
these as a member of the independent group of 15 scientists appointed by the
United Nations to draft the Global Sustainable Development (GSDR) report during
the Sixth Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
(ARFSD-6) underway in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
He said researchers
in sustainability science and other disciplines, must work together to solve
development problems and strengthen the science-policy-society interface,
providing society and policy-makers information they could use to solve
Dr Foli, also a
Principal Scientist of the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research called for shifting current research
priorities and supporting innovative approaches to sustainability science,
emphasizing cross-disciplinary partnerships, and committing support and
resources to scientific institutions, particularly in the global South.
He said science must
play a major role in advancing sustainable development and indicated African
science policy must interface with global policies with Universities,
policymakers and funders of research increasing funding to actual use the 2030
and 2063 Agendas.
He said science
would ensure human wellbeing, create fair economies, secure food systems,
achieve clean energy, build sustainable cities and chart the pathways to
protect the planet.
Dr Foli said for the
transformative power of the Agenda 2030 and 2063, Africa need to make
intentional choices that are time-bound spiced with deliberate synergies and
anchor on science and technology.
Dr Belay E.
Begashaw, Director General, Sustainable Development Goals Centre for Africa
said researcher should realign their works to be befit society and Africa,
focus on national policies, tailoring it into the global situation and stay out
of the box and avoid stereotypes.
He said African
science institutions are not strong enough citing a report that ranks
Universities that included only one institution placed among the first 150
He said new ground
and funding regimes should be sort to facilitate research work that would
anchor or deliver the expected results of the SDGs.
Dr Begashaw said
policy should avoid lumping the SDGs into one silos as they have different
doors and trade-offs, which leads into different pathways.
He said though the
attainment of the SDGs is technically feasible and attainable, these are not
scientifically proven but adopting the future is now approaches would be the
Dr Sven Grimm,
Political scientist from the Stellenbosch, facilitating said Africa must
fashion out continental home-grown strategies and solutions to advance the
course of accelerated attainment of the SDGs.
He said expertise
from other jurisdictions should be tapped to shape the African narrative and believes
it is doable and attainable.