A Parliamentarian
on the Value of Academies

At ASADI IV in London, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, a member of the Parliament of Uganda and its Committee on Science and Technology, delivered a speech entitled "Why Would a Government Want Independent Advice?"

Declaration of Dakar

Participants at the ASADI III conference in Senegal called for continued efforts to improve the scientific basis for policy decisions, especially those related to managing water resources and preventing waterborne diseases. Read the Declaration of Dakar.

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Academies Confront Surge in Smoking in Africa
Preventing a Tobacco Epidemic in Africa: A Call for Effective Action to Support Health, Social, and Economic Development (English version, French version), a new report from a committee convened by the Network of African Science Academies, outlines strategies to combat increasing tobacco use in Africa. While tobacco use has declined in high-income countries, it is growing in many developing parts of the world, especially Africa, where, without interventions, it could double within the next 10 years, according to the report.

Ninth Annual Meeting of African Science Academies Begins in Ethiopia
Leaders of science academies from several African nations are gathered in Addis Ababa for the ninth annual meeting of African science academies, hosted by the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, which was founded in 2010 and is a new partner in the African Science Academy Development Initiative. The deputy prime minister of Ethiopia spoke at the opening ceremony for the conference, the theme of which is "biotechnology for Africa's development."
Prof. Demissie Habte, president, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences

"Hosting the annual meeting of African science academies three years after our own academy was established is an honor, and provides us a unique opportunity to raise awareness of how academies can provide policy advice on a national as well as continental scale," -- Professor Demissie Habte, president, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.
Ethiopia to Host 2013 Annual Meeting of African Academies
“Biotechnology for Africa's Development” will be the theme of the ninth annual meeting of African science academies, to be hosted by the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences in Addis Ababa from Nov. 10-12. The Ethiopian academy, founded in 2010, is a new partner in the African Science Academy Development Initiative.

'Raising the African Voice' on Climate Change
The science academies of Africa issued a joint statement at their annual meeting in Lagos, Nigeria, calling on the African scientific community to intensify its study of the impact of climate change. Noting that Africa's contribution of scientific information to understanding climate change has been "meagre" to date, the statement calls for African researchers to step up their observation, modeling, and analyses of the effects of climate change on a regional scale, and to help plan interventions to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change on the continent.
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