ASSAf's role in supporting SDGs in South Africa
Professor Himla Soodyall, Executive Officer, Academy of Science of South Africa Council (ASSAf) (Presentation)
ASSAf has been engaging with the relevant stakeholders [Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), & Statistics South Africa (Stats SA)] to gain a better understanding of the strategy adopted by SA towards achieving the goals of the SDGs. In December 2018, ASSAf in partnership with the DST, hosted the 1st Annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum that was widely advertised to ASSAf members, the wider academic community, stakeholders from other government departments, as well as representatives from various public and private entities to discuss the SDGs. The question of coordination was raised repeatedly during these deliberations. This Forum provided the opportunity for stakeholders to come together creating a space to have conversations and create a community around the SDGs. Discussions focussed on introducing stakeholders to the current status with respect to country coordination at the broader level with regard to the STI response to SDGs.
South Africa is preparing for the next Voluntary National Review in June 2019, and the DPME is leading the process of reporting on this activity. ASSAf will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and is committed to aligning its activities to raise the profile of SA's contribution towards achieving the goals of the SDGs.