The Department of Science and Innovation has partnered with the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries and the Academy of Science of South Africa to host a workshop on science, technology and innovation (STI) diplomacy.

 

Over 40 scientists, diplomats and international relations practitioners will participate in the workshop at St George's Hotel in Centurion from 28 November to 3 December 2019.

 

Increasingly, the developing world views STI diplomacy as a vehicle to improve infrastructure, enhance education systems and address health challenges. As more and more nations embrace STI diplomacy, countries making up the Global South advocate for a new perspective – one that reflects their diverse histories and different needs.

 

In the age of the global knowledge economy, STI diplomacy has become an important mechanism for South-South and North-South relations.  It is clear that the Global South needs to deepen the pursuit of scientific collaboration, the joint generation of knowledge, and the use of innovative technology for socio-economic benefits.  

 

The week-long STI diplomacy workshop aims to promote the understanding of the relationship between STI and diplomacy in the context of contemporary international issues, and provide practical ways of using STI diplomacy to address matters related to the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

The role of STI diplomacy in international relations and foreign policy will be explained, and participants will be given the knowledge and tools to practice STI diplomacy in the light of global STI trends and the growing role of South-South cooperation.

 

STI diplomacy plays a critical role as an enabler and driver of knowledge and technology-led economic development across borders.  In South Africa, the 2019 White Paper on STI emphasises the importance of the internationalisation of science and expanding science diplomacy, and the Department of Science and Innovation is working to ensure that this policy intent translates into impactful initiatives across the national system of innovation.