The US-Africa Summit is intended to demonstrate the United States enduring commitment to Africa and underscore the importance of U.S.-Africa relations and increased cooperation on shared global priorities. White House Announcement
The Summit will build on shared values to better foster new economic engagement; reinforce the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and human rights; mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and future pandemics; work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health; promote food security; advance peace and security; respond to the climate crisis, and amplify diaspora ties.
ISC will organise a series of events designed to highlight the role and contribution of science to the US-Africa relationship under the heading of Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022. ISC organised a similar series of meetings during the last US-African Leaders Summit, which took place in 2014. The objectives of the meetings will be to highlight the importance of science in Africa, to foster greater collaboration between African nations and the US, and to increase investment in science for Global Health, Digital Transition, Space, Biological Diversity, Education and Skills, among other areas and to support an enabling policy and regulatory environment for science collaboration to flourish between Africa and the US.
Key Objectives of the Science Side Events:
- Present key science initiatives in a series of workshops, presentations, seminars, roundtables and plenary sessions;
- Develop and maintain policies, legal frameworks and programmes which promote research collaboration – among scientists, research institutions and innovative businesses;
- Promote the efficient processing and sharing of research data as openly as possible and as securely as necessary by improving the availability, sustainability, usability and interoperability of research data, technologies, infrastructure and services;
- Address the administrative, legal, and regulatory barriers that hinder scientific cooperation and slow the ability to respond to crises;
- Increase the transparency and integrity of research, and facilitate data-free flow with trust to drive innovation and advance knowledge;
- Promote Africa-US collaboration by enabling researchers, scientists and civil society organisations to become aware of each other and work to understand and address critical challenges;
- Demonstrate how research infrastructures and science capacity, including human capital, work as a driver for US-Africa science cooperation;
- Promote awareness of how Africa and the US can collaborate on crucial UN initiatives, including The Age of Digital Interdependence, LOCAL 2030, Summit of the Future;
- Develop initial proposals for future funding programmes.