The Network of African Scientific Academies (NASAC) is an autonomous scientific organization, established at the initiative of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), by Academies of Science in Africa as a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit scientific organization, in Nairobi in December 2001. The general objective of the Network is to act as an independent African forum that brings together Academies of Science in the continent to discuss the scientific aspects of problems of common concern, to make common statements on major issues relevant to Africa and to provide mutual support to Member Academies. In pursuing this objective the Network collaborates with other Academies inside and outside the continent as well as with regional and international organizations concerned with African problems.
For the latest NASAC activities, go diretly to the NASAC website at: www.nasaconline.org
The Network Secretariat is provided by the African Academy of Sciences.
1. July 2008: On the occasion of the G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Japan, 7–9 July 2008, the members of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), the Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) and the Science Council of Asia (SCA), submit a statement to the leaders of the G8+5 countries on the role of science, technology and innovation in promoting global development, fostering human welfare and reducing global poverty as called for in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Excerpt: "... Between 2004 and 2007, global gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of nearly 4 percent. Moreover, for one of the few times in history, economic growth in the developing world exceeded economic growth in the developed world. Sub-Saharan Africa, the world’s poorest region, has actively participated in and benefited from these recent trends.... " Download the full statement here.
2.. May 2007: NASAC submitted a statement on sustainability, energy efficiency and climate change to the leaders of the G8 countries. The statement recognises that although climate change poses a grave threat to the developed world, it poses an even greater challenge to developing countries. NASAC welcomes the growing awareness of the importance of S&T for development by African heads of state, acknowledging that Africa will need help from the developed world if it is to successfully tackle the challenges it faces.
See: Joint statement to the G8 on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change
3.. January 2007: NASAC submitted a statement entitled 'Building Science, technology and innovative capacities in Africa' to the meeting of African Science and Technology Ministers in November 2006 and to the summit of African Heads of States and Governments on Science and Technology issues in January 2007.
See: NASAC Statement on Building science, technology and innovative capacities in Africa
4. June 2005: The national science academies of the G8 nations and NASAC signed a statement on science and technology for African development warning that attempts to tackle some of Africa's most pressing problems will fail unless developed countries help to build science in Africa. The statement calls on world leaders, including those meeting at the G8 summit at Gleneagles in July 2005 to follow the recommendations outlined.
See: Joint science academies' statement: Science and technology for African development