Working Group 4: Capacity Building and SDGs
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) achievability in the next one decade needs to be worked towards. Space technology applications stimulate economic growth; improves the social quality of life; and development of the environment, thereby bringing about sustainable development. In the space environment, earth observation is possible; scientists conduct experiments that are impossible to perform on earth; and several spin-offs for the earth’s market springs-up.
More concentrations will be made on SDG 3: “Good Health and Well-being”; SDG 4: “Quality Education”; SDG 8: “Decent Work and Economic Growth”; SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; and SDG 17: “Partnerships to Achieve the Goal”.
African countries have, over the recent past, taken interest in cubesats as a resource in sustainable development of the continent. With great support and cooperation from international agencies including JAXA, UNOOSA, University of Rome and Kyushu institute of Technology among others, the continent has seen great advancement in the use of space technology in solving some of the most common challenges that African countries face. As a result, cubesats have evolved from a mere educational and new technologies validation tool to a useful data acquisition tool providing relevant information on the major challenges that the African continent is currently facing. Equipping students, young professionals and upcoming experts with the knowledge and experience they need to get acquainted with the design and development phases of space systems is key, particularly for the African continent in developing the capacity to resiliently face these challenges through the use of space technologies.
This working group will focus on how the continent can capitalize on the capacity building on cubesat development to attain the sustainable development goals and discuss and relate the space environment; and space technology applications to each of the SDG and how they will be made possible by 2030.
Key Points to consider:
- How can we build capacity development in Africa to localize training in this sector and make it more accessible locally.
- How can we ensure the data obtained from the satellites can be used effectively in curbing the common socio-economic problems affecting the continent, thereby attaining the Sustainable Development Goals
- Which goals will especially be effectively attained through the incorporation of smallsat technology and
- African Space Strategy
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