COP21 Africa Science Seminar: The role and needs for homegrown scientific research, technology and innovations related to climate change

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 9 December 2015 -
10:00am to 6:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
j.ahanhanzo@unesco.org

Realising African Renaissance through science-policy dialogue on climate change adaptation and resilience: the critical needs for Africa to invest in homegrown science and appropriate blue and green technologies towards poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
Provisional Programme

10:00-10:15 Opening by Co-chairs

• Welcome by the host, Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of IOC/UNESCO
• Remarks by Ms. Jackie Olang, Executive Director, NASAC, Mr. Getachew Engida, Deputy Director General & Assistant Director General, AFR, a.i (tbc)
• Remarks by HE Mohamed Sameh, Ambassador of Egypt (Egypt as the Chairman of the African climate Change Working Group) (tbc)
• Opening by HE Jean-Marie Adoua, Président of Africa Group at UNESCO (tbc)
• Setting the Scene by Prof. Salif Diop, ANSTS & Justin Ahanhanzo IOC/UNESCO
• Launch of the NASAC Science-Policy Brief Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in Africa

10:15-11:30 Panel 1: The Vital Role of African Academies and Universities for the development of Science and appropriate Blue and Green Technologies toward poverty alleviation in Africa

Co-chairs:
Prof. Salif Diop, Member, ANSTS and NASAC Expert Panel on CCA
Prof. Marie-Lise Chanin, CNRS Research Director and Member of the Académie des sciences- Institut de France

Panelists
• Prof. Norbert Hounkonnou, President, ANSALB
• Prof. Cedric Villani, Fields Medal Winner 2010, Directeur de l'Institut Henri Poincaré (tbc)
• Prof. Mark New, Member, South African Academy of Sciences (ASSAf)
• Prof. Jide Alo, Member, Nigerian Academy of Sciences (NAS)
• Prof. Manta Nowbuth, Member, Mauritius Academy of Science & Technology
• Prof. Emma Woods, Member and Senior Policy Adviser, Royal Society UK

11:30-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-12:30 Panel 2: Earth Systems Sciences benefits for advancing climate change knowledge & services

Chair and speaker: Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of IOC/UNESCO on Ocean Observations & Sciences

Panelists:
• Prof. Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Said, Vice-Chair of IOC Sub Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Islands States (IOCAFRICA)
• Dr. Cherif Sammari, Member of GOOS-AFRICA Coordinating Committee
• Justin Ahanhanzo, IOC Regional Liaison Officer
• Mohammed Saddeck Boulahya, Regional Adviser Africa in Climate for Development
• Ms. Valérie Quiniou-Ramus, Head, Geotechnics/Geophysics/Civil Eng, TOTAL S.A
• Dr. Emmanuel Naah, Hydrologist (ex-UNESCO Regional Hydrologist for Africa at UNESCO Nairobi Office)

12:30-13:00 Exchanges with participants

13:00-15:00 Lunch

15:00-16:00 Panel 3. Policy Forum: African Experiences, Challenges and lessons learnt - African Solutions to African Challenges - looking back

Co-chairs:
HE Jean-Marie ADOUA, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Congo.
HE Mohamed Sameh, Ambassador of Egypt (Egypt as the Chairman of the African climate Change Working Group)

Panelists:
• HE Denise Houphouet -Boigny, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Côte d’Ivoire to UNESCO, Prof. and former Managing Director of Research Planning at the Ministry of Research and Education of Côte d’Ivoire
• Amb. Prof. Mary M. Khimulu, Chair, Governing Council, Kenya Water Institute and former Ambassador of Kenya to UNESCO
• HE Mohammed Sheya, Deputy Permanent Delegate of Tanzania to UNESCO, Professor of University, Tanzania (tbc)
• Prof. Francisco Seddoh, Representative of Togo to the UNESCO Executive council, former Minister of Education, Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin in Togo and Member of the French overseas Academy of Agriculture
• Prof. Manda Kizabi, Deputy Permanent Delegate of DRC to UNESCO (tbc)

16:00-16:30 Exchanges with participants

16:30 -16:45 Coffee Break

16:45-17:15 Panel: 4. Realizing African Renaissance: Africa Youth Forum - Candid views and perspectives of African youth on the future of science, technology and innovation for Africa’s development - looking forward

Moderators: Jackie Olang, NASAC & Justin Ahanhanzo, IOC/UNESCO
• Cyr Medo, Graduate student, Telecommunication at Supélec & Economics at University Paris-Dauphine, France
• Sylviane Houra, Chargée de mission, Sustainability, climate change, energy & environment
• Gérémie Djohossou, Engineer, Applied statistics and economics, ISSEA, Ensae & Paristech
• Wondifraw Getinet Mengist, Lecturer and Department Head, Meteorology and hydrology Arba Minch university; and Addis Ababa Science and Technology University in the department of Environmental Engineering, Ethiopia (tbc).

17:15-17:45 Exchanges with the youth

17:45-18:00 Closing

• Word of appreciation by Ms. Jackie Olang, Executive Director of NASAC
• Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of IOC/UNESCO
• Mr. Getachew Engida, Deputy Director General & Assistant Director General, AFR, a.i (tbc)
• HE Jean-Marie ADOUA, Président of Africa Group at UNESCO