East African governments must work with universities on climate change

19 June 2017

East African governments should work with universities to build knowledge on climate change with a view to building the capacity and resilience of local communities, who largely depend on rain-fed agriculture, to mitigate the consequences of climate change.

This was among the resolutions emerging from last month’s Conference on Higher Education, Policy and Research that took place in Djibouti. The conference, organised by the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa in partnership with the Government of Djibouti, included representatives from Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

In addition to a focus on climate change, the conference was aimed at promoting peace and security programmes and research in the region’s universities.

Other objectives included the strengthening of reform agendas to promote science research for socio-economic and environmental development; the acceleration of information and communication technology integration in higher education; and the promotion of regional integration through sub-regional and regional harmonisation and quality assurance frameworks.

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