Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s challenges focus of international networks

International projects are harnessing science, engineering, and medicine to address Africa’s challenges. Image: Google maps/satellite view

Efforts to improve human impacts in countries across the world were the recent focus of the global network of science academies, the IAP for Science.

The Academy’s Foreign Secretary, Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA, attended a meeting of the Executive Committee of the IAP for Science hosted by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

IAP projects include strategies for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and harnessing science, engineering, and medicine to address Africa’s challenges. Professor Michael Barber FAA and Dr TJ Higgins FAA are on the working groups of these projects respectively. 

The SDGs play an important role in many IAP member academies, and the Academy is considering ways to further support the SDGs in its work.  

In addition to member academies, representatives of the Global Young Academy, the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia, the European Academies Science Advisory Council, the Interamerican Network of Academies of Sciences, and the Network of African Science Academies also attended the meeting.

Representatives of world academies of science at the IAP meeting in Germany. Professor Cheryl Praeger (right of centre) represented the Academy.

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