BUILDING CAPACITY OF FUTURE EARTH INITIATIVE CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP
BUILDING CAPACITY OF FUTURE EARTH INITIATIVE CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP
 
The Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNESCO with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) conducted a two days consultative meeting which brought together different experts from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment and other ministries related to the programme, lectures and researchers from different colleges from the University of Rwanda, development partners for a preliminary review of the country profile and develop an action plan on capacity building of Future Earth Initiative.
 
Photo group of participants
 
The main objectives of this consultative workshop were to discuss and complete the status assessment of current and potential capacity for research in the area of global environmental change, the needs related, to build additional capacity and from this, to formulate the national capacity building plan. Rwanda priority sectors in this Future Earth Initiative refer to the priority sectors highlighted in Rwanda development plan which include Environment, Energy, Mining, Manufacturing, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions), Agriculture and Urbanization.
 
In her opening remarks, Dr Marie Christine Gasingirwa, the Director General in charge of Science, Technology and Research in the Ministry of Education and Vice Chair of the General Assembly in the Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO thanked both SIDA and UNESCO for their Initiative which comes at the time when the world is seeking for collective sustainable solutions to emerging catastrophes in different countries. Dr Gasingirwa noticed that ā€œdevelopment for all must be collective, starting by what we know, our cultures, education, where we are coming from and heading to. She emphasized that it is only with research that the available resources can be used in a sustainable manner.
 
Participants in working groups
 
On behalf of the Regional Director of UNESCO, Eastern Africa Office, Mr. Mika Odido mentioned that UNESCO is the co-sponsor of the Future Earth Initiative Programme which focuses on global sustainability in particular on issues of climate change, population growth and related impact. The current project is oriented on building and mobilizing capacity for developing countries to participate effectively to the Future Earth programme.
 
The Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden, Mr. Michael Bostrom noted that Sida is working together with various partners in different sectors to engage societies in new ways of high quality research to support transformation that could contribute to the SDGs aimed at achieving sustainable societies.
Future Earth is an international research-driven action-oriented programme launched in June 2012 to tackle the critical challenges posed by the new geological epoch characterized by high human impact on the earth as a system, and also to capitalize on the opportunities offered, in order to provide the critical knowledge required for societies to successfully transition into global sustainability.
 
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