Concept note for theCivil Society symposium side event at the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum, 3 May 2021

27 April, 2021

Organizers:

1. Afrihealth Optonet Association *[CSOs Network with consultative status at UN ECOSOC]*

2. Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN)

3. Dr Uzo Adirieje Foundation (DUZAFOUND)

*Background and Introduction:*

Contemporary and future global economies and development systems need to be knowledge-driven and anchored around Science, Technology and Innovation including intellectual properties, ICT (information and communications technology), health/COVID-19, and energy/climate, among others. These can never be achieved if civil society continues to be largely left out of the efforts to achieve knowledge-based and STI-driven economies especially in Africa and developing countries (low income and middle income). The world needs to deliberately harness the abundant (potential) STI competencies and development resources within the civil society and our communities. It's important to recognize and engage the civil society organizations [CSOs] and communities as critical partners in creating demand and accountability for STI research and knowledge generation, depository, dissemination and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). These capacity and engagement are needed at all levels of society and governance in order to 'build back better' and achieve the Agenda 2030 SDGs during and beyond COVID-19, towards achieving Agenda 2063.

To this end, Afrihealth Optonet Association invites Civil Society actors and STI stakeholders to the Symposium Workshop on *‘The Place of the Civil Society in using Science, Technology and Innovation to achieve sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery and the Sustainable Development Goals: the imperative of paradigm shifts to leave no one behind*. This event shall be held on the sideline of the sixth annual (2021) United Nations multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum).

Afrihealth Optonet Association is a community-focused civil society organization [CSOs] network/think-tank of about 1000 CSOs with interests in the promotion of Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and achievement/realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in the global South. AFRIHEALTH Network and its members are involved in Health; Nutrition and Food Security; Energy and Environment; and Empowerment, Gender/women empowerment, Good Governance, and Human Rights. Incorporated in Nigeria as a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-partisan registered trustees in 2003, AFRIHEALTH uses Partnerships/Collaborations (PPP); Advocacy and Mobilisations; Research/Evidence-Generation; Capacity Development/Training and Organizational Strengthening; Outreaches/Community Interventions; and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) - called PARCOM Strategy to achieve its objectives; while focusing on rural and poor urban communities, marginalized, vulnerable and disadvantaged populations especially women, children, adolescents and the elderly. Its target beneficiaries include the poorest of the poor, children/infants and orphans, women, youth/adolescents, vulnerable population/groups and the elderly in rural and urban/suburban communities. Afri-health Optonet Association has a Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC.

Topic:

The Place of the Civil Society in using Science, Technology and Innovation to achieve sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery, and the Sustainable Development Goals: imperative of paradigm shifts to leave no one behind

Objectives of the Civil Society side event include to:

1. Promote the inclusion of the Civil Society in the conceptualization, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to achieve sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery, and the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063

2. Sensitize the global civil society and communities at all levels to use community-focused activities to mobilize the critical support the governments and stakeholders need in using Science, Technology and Innovation to achieve sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery and the SDGs;

3. Emphasize the monitoring and demand-creation roles of the civil society in using Science, Technology and Innovation to achieve sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery and the SDGs;

4. Advocate and emphasize the integration of the civil society as a key player in promoting and achieving knowledge-based economies/societies through STI especially in Africa and global South countries in a seamless manner to avoid unnecessary duplications; and

5. Promote effective partnership between the Civil Society and other sectors (government, businesses/private for-profit sector, media, etc.) in order to achieve knowledge-based economies/societies anchored on STI at all levels and in all countries/communities.

WHEN: May 3, 2021 04:00 PM West Central Africa

VENUE: Virtual via Zoom

Event Link:

The event link is available through registration. Register in advance for this meeting via (clicking on) this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvduGtqT8pHdad_t0je_rw6HSaCLb...

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the personalized event link for joining the side event.

The symposium workshop shall also receive interventions from notable panelists across the world, activists, participants and stakeholders in vaccine and immunization, in a global audience.

Contact:

Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje

CEO/Global Coordinator & Main Representative to the United Nations,

Afrihealth Optonet Association [CSOs Network] – with consultative status at UN ECOSOC*

Website: www.afrihealthcsos.org

Weblog: http://druzodinmadirieje.blogspot.com/

Email: afrihealthoptonet2@gmail.com

Phone/WhatsApp/telegram: +2348034725905

HIFA profile: Uzodinma Adirieje is a Health and Development Systems Strengthening and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist, Writer/Columnist, Health Economist, Health & Environment/Energy/Climate Development Advocate, Fed. Govt Accredited Management Trainer/Facilitator, Evaluator & Certified Management Consultant. He is CEO & UN/ECOSOC Representative of Afrihealth Optonet Association - a 22-years old civil society network/coalition of about 600 member-organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Haiti, Malawi and Uganda with focus on Health, Energy/Environment, Nutrition/Food Security, and Gender/Good Governance/Human Rights using Partnerships, Advocacy, Research, Capacity Dev't, Outreaches, Monitoing & Evaluation (M&E). Among other professional services, he’s also the Chairman, Civil Society Organizations Strategy Group on Sustainable Dev’t Goals (CSOSG-SDGs) in Nigeria; Country Group Lead, Civil Society Consultations on 2020 Voluntary National Review (VNR) of the SDGs, Nigeria; Executive Secretary, Nigeria Universal Health Coverage Actions Network (NUHCAN); National President, Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE); Member, National Core Working Group on 2020 Voluntary National Review (CWG-VNR), Nigeria; President, Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN). He was roject Director of the UNDEF-funded Project which promoted the SDGs in 81 Niger Delta communities (2017-2018) and Chairman, national World Malaria Day Committee 2019 in Nigeria.