Planet Earth Institute Set to Host Event On May 20th at United Nations Headquarters

Planet Earth Institute Set to Host Event On May 20th at United Nations Headquarters

Planet Earth Institute (PEI) held a very successful conference last year that was hosted by the Office of the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the UN. Following that success, PEI is inviting you to yet another session that will have in attendance a panel of experts discussing the role of science and skills in Africa’s Post 2015 agenda

On May 20th, 2014, PEI will host a conference with the United Nations in conjunction with PEI’s scientific, academic and business partners. The conference is expected to contribute into the PEI’s ongoing consultations and projects concerning the Post 2015 agenda. As well as providing another opportunity for all interested and passionate parties to collaborate and share ideas about the future of the African continent. Some of the topics to be covered at the conference include:

  • Latest news on the Post 2015 Agenda and sustainable development goals process.
  • The broad opportunities and challenges for higher education and skills programs in Africa.
  • A focus on the role of business as a key driver of this agenda.

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers after the presentations from the following distinguished panel:

  • Dr. Alvaro Sobrinho – PEI, Chairman and leading African businessman.
  • Rt Hon Lord Boateng – PEI, Trustee and former UK Ambassador to South Africa.
  • Sir Christopher Edwards – PEI, Trustee and prominent academic.
  • Prof Philip Griffiths – Chair of the Science Initiative Group.
  • Amina J Mohammed – Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations Secretary-General.
  • Ambassador Antonio Tete – Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations.

The session will last approximately 90 minutes, with time afterwards to network and continue conversations. Entry to this conference is free of charge; as part of PEI’s charitable objective in promoting collaboration in science, technology and innovation in Africa. PEI welcomes participants from all sectors in a bid to provide a valuable platform for new and established voices.

This event takes place on May 20th, 2014 at the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations (305 East 47th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017). The event kicks off at 11: 15am till 1:00 pm. All interested in participating must RSVP via email to

Following this conference, PEI will host another event in Dakar, Senegal in early June, and many more throughout the year. For more information on Planet Earth Institute, click here.

About PEI 
Planet Earth Institute PEI, is an international NGO and charity working for the scientific independence of Africa. While other emerging regions have invested heavily in science and technology, Africa is falling behind in the race for scientific development, and PEI wants that to change, fast. The company hopes to accomplish this task by coordinating a campaign to include key targets based on science and technology in the Post 2015 agenda and in the broader sustainable development debate for Africa.

PEI believe a scientifically independent Africa is one with science, technology and innovation fully embedded in governmental policies and priorities, delivered by properly resourced and empowered educational institutions. A scientifically independent Africa will have both the ability to train and keep brilliant scientists on the continent, and create an inspiring new generation of academic leaders. Ultimately, PEI believe scientific independence means that African problems can be solved by African-led solutions. Funded by a strong business and philanthropic partnership base across Africa, the campaign is designed to promote and support an African-led scientific agenda, working with national, regional and international governments.

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