Pacific Dialogue on Science and Science Policy

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, 30 March 2017 - 6:00pm
Where: 
Samoa, Apia
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Serena Heckler, s.heckler@unesco.org

This high-level meeting will enable dialogue aiming to assess the needs and options for bridging the gaps between science, technology and innovation (ST&I) systems and policy-makers in the Pacific SIDS, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and UNESCO’s SIDS Action Plan.

As an opportunity to consider the Pacific Regional Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap developed by Pace-Net + consortium, the event will build on existing practices and initiatives in the region, for instance, the ST&I policy initiatives in Tonga, Papua-New Guinea and others. It will be a forum for information sharing on the current status of ST&I in the participating countries, identifying in particular the challenges faced in consolidating ST&I systems and in improving capacity and structures to more effectively inform policy-making. There will also be consideration of priorities in ensuring that ST&I systems most effectively contribute to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

It will also provide an opportunity for dialogue amongst Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) and with the international community about the specific needs for science and ST&I advice to contribute to evidence based policy-making, as well as which mechanisms and policies, national and regional, could be put in place or updated. Through the consideration of concrete experiences, participants will be able to discuss and highlight the main aspects of science advice to policy making, and share the particular characteristics of the PICTs in this regard, as well as share their own experiences of platforms and mechanism for science advice.

The high-level event is organized by the UNESCO Office of the Pacific States through its Natural Science sector with the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), Samoa’s National Commission for UNESCO, the National University of Samoa, the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa.