Finland–Africa Platform for Sustainable Development Goal 9 (innovation)
Deadline for registration: 19 June 2019
Deadline for abstracts: 15 June 2019
In March 2019, the University of Turku (UTU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance Sustainable Development Goal 9 (SDG9) (specifically innovation) in Africa. Founded in 1958, UNECA is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations with headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Rector Kalervo Väänänen expressed in the press release in May 2019 that “Currently, the University of Turku is one of the most active Nordic universities in Africa. We conduct research, carry out transnational education, and develop innovations on Africa. We want to co-operate even more closely than before”.
Finland is globally among leading countries on innovation issues that is the strategic and cross-cutting theme of SDG9. Innovations are very relevant for African countries of which many are among the fastest growing economies globally. This opens doors for a Finland–Africa Platform for SDG9 (innovation). By this initiative, UTU aims to become the university hub to support SDG9 in Africa. The platform will be at the forefront of research, education and capacity building on STI and enhance mobility of related experts between Finland and Africa on SDG9.
Registration is open for all participants until 19 June 2019 midnight.