AUC calls upon the Communications Working group to play critical role in awareness raising

The African Union Commission Officially launched the establishment of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES and Africa) Communications Working Group.

It was declared during the two-day inaugural meeting of the GMES and Africa Working Group, from 30 to 31 July 2018 at the premises of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In his opening remark, Director of Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union Commission, Dr. Mahama Ouedrago calls upon members of the working group to play their critical role to raise the awareness on the utilization of Earth Observation data and information in sustainable development and to provide tailor-made information to policymakers, scientists, business and public. 

This meeting is timely, as the GMES and Africa Support Programme enters its active implementation phase to address regional priorities identified by the five regions of Africa, added Dr. Ouedrago.

During the two day workshop, the GMES and Africa Communications and Engagement Strategy was discussed. Experiences of Communications experts and focal persons shared their experiences. The meeting comes up with joint operational communication plan, agreed to join forces in promoting concrete results of the GMES and Africa Programme at national, regional and continental scale. They have also agreed on mechanisms and to join forces in promoting the upcoming 1st Forum of the GMES and Africa.

The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa is a joint AU-EU initiative designed to build the indigenous capabilities and skills required for self-sufficiency and sustained progress in Africa by responding to African needs related to water, natural resources, marine and coastal areas. It is also meant to enable the implementation of the African Space Policy and Strategy, formulated as an important pillar of Agenda 2063, to harness the continent’s capabilities in utilizing space science and technology for socio-economic growth and sustainable development.

Participants of the GMES and Africa Communications Working Group