WAI Director General participates in the UNESCO Conference on Higher Education, Policy and Research: Quality and Future Challenges for East Africa and the Indian Ocean, Djibouti, 2-4 May 2017

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At the invitation of Dr. Nabil Mohamed Ahmed, Minister of Higher Education and Research of the Republic of Djibouti and Madam Ann Thérèse Ndong-Jatta, Regional Director of the UNESCO Office for East Africa Indian Ocean, the Director General of the West Africa Institute (IAO), Prof. Djénéba Traoré took part in the UNESCO Conference on Higher Education, Policy and Research: Quality and Future Challenges for East Africa and the Indian Ocean.

The event placed under the umbrella of HE Mr. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti of was held in Djibouti on 2, 3 and 4 May 2017 at the Palace Kempinski Hotel, and was attended by the 13 member States of UNESCO in East Africa (Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda).

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the role of universities and higher education institutions in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on human security, peace and climate change, as well as regional cooperation Between the countries.

Member States also discussed and agreed on the next steps for the ratification and implementation of the Addis Ababa Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and other Academic Qualifications in Higher Education in African States.

Member States reaffirmed their commitment to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by putting forward women, young people and suffering people. They also recognized the importance of the Science of Technology and Innovation as a driving force for the socio-economic transformation of Africa.


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To consult the documents of the Conference kindly go to: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/nairobi

Click on the CTGN videos, what the China Global Television Network said about the Conference:

Education experts converge in Djibouti to discuss emerging issues, Africa Live- 2nd May 2017

Djibouti summit raises concern about illiteracy among women, on Africa Live 3rd May 2017

Youths demand inclusion in policy-making at Djibouti summitAfrica Live, 4th May 2017

 Read the Final Press Release in English, and in French.

And check our Photo Gallery with a selection of photos from the conference

You can also find the 3 Videos about the Conference, on UNESCO Youtube Channel, UNESCO Africa

1. The powerful voices of the youth, video here

2. The video Message of UNESCO Assistant Director General for Education, Mr. Qian Tang, about the importance of Higher Education, Policy and Research, video message here

3. The video message of Mr. Edouard Matoko, Assistant Director General of UNESCO Africa Department, on the occasion of the conference, stressing the importance of Higher Education as a driver for socio-economic development and empowerment, in Eastern Africa, video message here


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